Each day about 100 children who live in the ten USDA Rural Development Multi-Family Housing apartment complexes in Imperial County are able to eat free and nutritious lunches throughout the summer. Villa Dorado, Villa del Sol and eight other properties in Imperial County have delivered more than 9,000 meals to children since June to supplement school lunches.
“Our partners and complex managers have done an excellent job to help ensure that no child goes hungry this summer,” said Richard Brassfield, USDA Rural Development California Acting State Director. “We’re proud to see that the Summer Meals Program has become so successful at our Multi-Family Housing properties, with more locations participating each year.”
In California, 19 multi-family housing developments are participating in the USDA Food and Nutrition Service Summer Meals Program. Across the state more than 190 children up to age 18 have received about 18,000 meals at those developments since June.
Each year more than 22 million children and teens are eligible for the USDA Food and Nutrition Service Summer Meals Program nationwide. USDA Rural Development supports this program by providing a safe environment for many of those children and teens to enjoy nutritious meals, while taking part in activities that foster physical activities, educational support and community engagement.
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; homeownership; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/ca.