Santa Clara County Library District Partners with the YMCA of Silicon Valley and Second Harvest Food

More than 5,000 free meals will be served in the South County
area through partnership


SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – June 5, 2018 – In an effort to combat child hunger, the YMCA of Silicon Valley, the Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD), and Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties are partnering to provide meals at Morgan Hill Library, Gilroy Library and the SCCLD Bookmobile sponsored program at Gwinn Elementary School in San Martin.
 
The three meal sites are located in underserved communities where families can receive free and nutritious meals and participate in SCCLD’s Summer Reading Program. “Too many kids in our community risk going hungry during the summer when they lose access to free and low-cost school lunch plans,” said Mary Hoshiko Haughey, Sr. Vice President of Operations for the YMCA of Silicon Valley. “The Y is proud to be working together with our partners in the community to fill that gap and make sure kids can enjoy healthy and delicious meals all summer long.”
 
At the three summer meal sites launched last year, free and nutritious lunches are available to youth and adults on a first-come, first-served basis. The libraries anticipate serving over 5,000 meals over the course of the summer and have contracted with Revolution Foods to provide healthy meals that include whole fresh foods (no preservatives) that help promote growth and development.
 
Second Harvest Food Bank is providing funding to make it possible to serve adults, in addition to the YMCA of Silicon Valley’s efforts to provide USDA sponsored meals for children. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 16.9 million children receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program during the school year. However, only 2.3 million, or about 12 percent, of these young people have access to free meals over the summer break. Listed here are this summer’s three free meal sites. Please note that the days/hours vary by location. Updates at www.sccl.org/summer2018
 

San Martin Gwinn Elementary School Auditorium
100 North Street, San Martin, CA 95046
Dates: June 18 – August 9  
Days: Tuesday and Thursday ONLY  
Time: 12pm – 1pm
 
Morgan Hill Library
660 West Main Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Dates: June 11 – August 3 
Days: Monday – Friday
Time: 12pm – 1pm
 
Gilroy Library
350 West Sixth Street, Gilroy, CA  95020
Dates: June 18 – July 27
Days: Monday – Friday
Time: 12pm – 1pm



MEDIA CONTACTS:
YMCA of Silicon Valley - Karen Chandler:  Karen.Chandler@ymcasv.org
Santa Clara County Library District - Diane Roche:  DRoche@sccl.org  
Second Harvest Food Bank - Marie Pfeiffer:  MPfeiffer@shfb.org
 



About the Santa Clara County Library District
 

The Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) promotes knowledge, ideas, and cultural enrichment. Its collection includes more than 1.9 million books, videos, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, eBooks and extensive online resources accessible from home or work. In 2014, SCCLD celebrated one hundred years of service to local residents. For the last several years, SCCLD has been consistently recognized as one of America’s Star Libraries by Library Journal. In 2016, SCCLD was ranked among the top ten large libraries in the United States in the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. In 2014 and 2015, SCCLD won Innovator Awards from the Urban Libraries Council.

The Santa Clara County Library District includes two bookmobiles, an online library, seven community libraries and one branch library serving Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. In 2016, the Santa Clara County Library District had more than 270,000 library cardholders and welcomed 3.3 million visitors who borrowed 9.1 million items.