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Indy Resource Guide: Where can Nevada students find free meals this summer?

Kristyn Leonard
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The start of summer break in Nevada may be a welcome time away from homework and school projects for students, but it also means many children will lose access to daily free and reduced-priced meals. 

In some counties, school districts have programs to continue providing that food through the summer months, but these come with some limitations. 

Like last summer, students in most districts will have to eat their meals on-site as a part of a summer school program or through a U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded Summer Food Service Program. The USDA has a program on its website that locates a nearby summer meal site based on your address. 

In addition to these school district programs, some food banks and other programs will fill in the gaps in certain regions. We’ve gathered information about those resources, broken down by county, here. More information will be added as we receive it. If we missed anything, reach out and let us know at [email protected].

Carson City

Students enrolled in summer school programs in Carson City at the elementary and middle school levels will receive snacks while in school. Students enrolled at Carson High School for summer school will receive full breakfasts and lunches.

All children ages 2-18 can get free breakfast and lunch from the Boys and Girls Club Monday through Friday. Breakfast is served from 8-9 a.m. and lunch is served from noon to 1 p.m.

Carson City is also providing meals to the Washoe tribe this year. More details have been requested.

Churchill County

The Churchill County School District will provide meals to all children aged 0-18 without charge at the locations, days and times listed below. Meals will not be available June 19 or July 4. The child must be present at pick up. More information is available on the school district’s Facebook page.

Monday through Thursday:

Churchill County High School

June 5-22 and July 10-27

8:15-9 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Churchill County Middle School

June 5-22

8-8:45 a.m. and 11:20 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Northside Early Learning Center

June 5-22 and July 10-27

7:45-8:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.-noon

Monday through Friday:

Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe Community Learning Center 

June 5 - Aug. 4

8:15-8:45 a.m. and noon-12:30 p.m.

Fallon Youth Club

June 12 - Aug. 4

8:15-8:30 a.m. and 5:15-5:30 p.m.

SUMFUN/Cottage School (C.A.R.E.)

June 5 - Aug. 4

noon -12:15 p.m.

Venturacci Park/Skate Park

June 12 - Aug. 4

12:25-12:45 p.m. and 3:30-4 p.m.

Clark County

The Clark County School District will provide free meals to all students through the Summer Food Service Program. A full list of schools and service times is available online. All meals must be consumed on site, and sites will also have access to restrooms and water. Days of service are included below. There will be no meals served June 19 or July 4. 

Summer Acceleration

May 30 - June 16

Secondary Summer School

 May 30 - June 16, and June 20 - July 10

Extended School Year

June 22 - July 18

Douglas County

The Carson Valley Community Food Closet in Gardnerville hosts a variety of programs to provide food for Douglas County residents.

For weekly assistance at the food pantry, county residents must apply for vouchers through Douglas County Social Services or Washoe Tribal Social Services.

Elko County

The Elko County School District is directing families toward the Communities in Schools Summer Food Service program.

The program will run from noon to 3 p.m. every Wednesday from June 14 through Aug. 16 at 346 7th Street in Elko. Any child aged 2-18 can receive a weekly meal box with seven breakfasts and seven lunches. Children must be present for pick up. 

Esmeralda County

Food is distributed in partnership with Three Square on the first Wednesday and third Monday of every month to any income-eligible residents. The main location is at the Esmeralda County Office in Goldfield, which distributes 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

There are two additional distribution points in the county. In Fish Lake Valley, pickup is from noon-2 p.m., and in Silver Peak pickup is from 1-2:30p.m.

The Monday, June 19 pickup has been delayed until Wednesday, June 21.

Eureka County

The Eureka County food pantry distributes food on the first Friday of each month 1-2 p.m. and the last Wednesday of each month 8-11 a.m. for income-eligible families at the Eureka Senior Center

Humboldt County

The Humboldt County School District will only be providing free meals to students enrolled in summer school this year. 

All children aged 2-18 can receive free lunches through the Boys and Girls Club of Winnemucca starting June 19 between noon and 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Lunches are available at the splash pad, and the child must be present for pick up. 

Lander County

The following food pantries operate in Lander County in partnership with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.

Austin Baptist Church

Must have photo ID

First Monday after the First Friday of the month

noon-2 p.m.

Assembly of God Helping Hands

First Saturday of the month

Open 10-11:30 a.m., but the first hour is only for seniors

Lincoln County

A free summer food program is available for all Lincoln County residents through the Lincoln County Coalition from June 7 until school resumes Aug. 15. Meals are available at the Alamo Library, the Boys and Girls Club in Panaca, and the Pioche Library daily during regular business hours.

Every Wednesday from 9-10 a.m., Caliente Elementary School will serve breakfast.

Additionally, schools in the county will provide one snack bag per child, no student ID is required.

Lyon County

Free breakfasts and lunches will be available for all children 18 or younger Monday through Friday through the Lyon County School District. All locations will be closed June 19, July 3 and July 4.

Locations, days and times of service are included below:

Dayton High School

June 12 through August

8:30-9 a.m. and noon-12:30 p.m.

Fernley Elementary School

June 12 through August

8:30-9 a.m. and 12:30-1 p.m.

Fernley RV Park/Rancho Estates

June 12 through August

9-9:30 a.m. and 12:30-1 p.m.

Green Valley Park

June 20 through August

9-9:30 a.m. and noon-12:30 p.m.

In-Town Park

June 20 through August

Noon-12:30 p.m.

Out of Town Park

June 20 through August

Noon-12:30 p.m.

Silverland Middle School

June 12 through June 30

8-8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-noon

Silver Stage Elementary School

June 12 through August

8:30-9 a.m. and noon-12:30 p.m.

Yerington High School

June 12 through August

8:30-9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-noon

Additionally, the Boys and Girls Club of Mason Valley is providing breakfasts and lunches to all children under 18 at its Dayton, Yerington and Silver Springs locations. 

In Dayton and Yerington, breakfast is available from 8-9 a.m. and lunch is available from noon-1 p.m. In Silver Springs, breakfast is served from 8:30-9:30 a.m., and lunch is served from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Mineral County

The Boys and Girls Club of Mason Valley is providing breakfasts to all children under 18 at its Hawthorne location. Breakfast is served from 8-9 a.m. and lunch is available from noon-1 p.m.

Nye County

The Nye County School District is providing meals to all students aged 2-18 beginning June 5. Children must be present for pick up.

Locations, days and times of service are included below:

Amargosa Elementary School

Monday through Thursday, June 5 - June 29, no service June 19

8-8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-noon

JG Johnson Elementary School

Monday through Thursday, June 5 - June 29, no service June 19

8-8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-noon

Mount Charleston Elementary School

Monday through Friday, June 5 - July 27, no service June 19, July 3, July 4

7:45-8:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-noon

Pahrump Valley High School

Monday through Friday, June 5 - June 23, no service June 19

8:00-8:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

AND

Tuesday through Thursday, June 27 - July 13

8-8:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Additionally, students attending Beatty Elementary Summer School this year will receive free lunches. 

Pershing County

The Lovelock Community Food Pantry is open from 3:30-4 p.m. every Monday and Thursday. An ID is required to receive food.

On the fourth Tuesday of each month, the Lovelock Paiute Tribe also operates a food pantry from 11 a.m. to noon

Storey County

The Storey County School District is directing families toward Community Chest in Virginia City. The food closet is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Washoe County

Summer meals are available in Washoe County for any child between 2 and 18 years old through the Food Bank of Northern Nevada’s Kids Cafe program. Meals are available Monday through Saturday (unless otherwise noted), with no service on June 19 or July 4. Meals must be eaten on site.

Locations, days and times of service are included below:

Reno

Century Park Apartments

June 20 - Aug. 10

10:45-11:15 a.m.

Community Gardens Apartments

June 20 - Aug. 10

11:35 a.m.-12:05 p.m.

Downtown Reno Library

Sunday through Friday, June 15 - Aug. 11

11-11:30 a.m.

Duncan Elementary School

Monday through Friday, June 15 - Aug. 11

8:30-9 a.m. and noon.-12:30 p.m.

Echo Loder Elementary School

June 20 - Aug. 10

11:20-11:50 a.m.

Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center

Monday through Friday, June 15 - Aug. 11

8:30-9 a.m. and noon-12:30 p.m.

Las Brisas Park

June 20 - Aug. 11

1-1:45 p.m.

Northern Nevada HOPES

June 20 - Aug. 11

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Park on Virginia Apartments

June 20 - Aug. 10

12-1:15 p.m.

Pat Baker Park

June 20 - Aug. 10

11-11:45 a.m.

Reno-Sparks Indian Colony

June 20 - Aug. 11

Noon-12:30 p.m.

Sierra View Library

Monday through Friday, June 15 - Aug. 10

11:30 a.m.-noon

Silver Terrace and Centennial Park Apartments

June 20 - Aug. 10

11:55 a.m.-12:25 p.m.

South Peak Apartments

June 20 - Aug. 10

2:30-3 p.m.

Virginia Lake Park

June 20 - Aug. 10

1:20-2:05 p.m.

Whittell Pointe II

June 20 - Aug. 10

12:10-12:40 p.m.

Yori Park

June 20 - Aug. 10

11:55 a.m.-12:40 p.m.

Zephyr Pointe

June 20 - Aug. 11

1:30-2:20 p.m.

Sparks

Ardmore Park

June 20 - Aug. 10

11:15-11:45 a.m.

Banbridge Apartments

June 20 - Aug. 10

11-11:30 a.m.


Burgess Park

June 20 - Aug. 10

1:55-2:35 p.m.

Deer Park

June 20 - Aug. 10

12:15-12:55 p.m.

Drake Elementary School

June 20 - Aug. 10

11:35 a.m.-12:05 p.m.

Hungry Valley Community Center

June 20 - Aug. 11

Noon-12:30 p.m.

Oppio Park

June 20 - Aug. 10

2:40-3:15 p.m.

Shelly Park

June 20 - Aug. 10 

10:50-11:30 a.m.

Sparks Library

7 days a week, June 20 - Aug. 11

12:15-12:45 p.m.

Sparks Marina

June 20 - Aug. 10

1:05-1:45 p.m.

Sparks Recreation Center

June 20 - Aug. 10

Noon-12:30 p.m.

North Valleys

Cold Springs Park

June 20 - Aug. 10

10:45-11:30 a.m.

Essex Manor

June 20 - Aug. 10

2-2:30 p.m.

North Valleys Library

June 15 - Aug. 11

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

North Valleys Regional Park - Waterpark

June 20 - Aug. 10

12:25-1:10 p.m.

Panther Valley Park

June 20 - Aug. 10

2:35-3:05 p.m.

Skyline Mobile Home Park

June 20 - Aug. 10

1:20-1:50 p.m.

Stead Manor

June 20 - Aug. 10

11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Sun Valley

Boulder Creek Apartments

June 20 - Aug. 10

12:30-1 p.m.

Elevate Apartments

June 20 - Aug. 10

1:05-1:35 p.m.

Sun Valley Community Park - Pool

June 20 - Aug. 10

2:15-2:45 p.m.

Sun Valley Community Park - Skate Park

June 20 - Aug. 10

2:45-3:15 p.m.

Sun Valley Elementary School

June 20 - Aug. 10

1:40-2:10 p.m.

White Pine County

The White Pine Ministerial Association Food Bank in Ely operates on Mondays from 1-2 p.m. and Wednesdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

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