Supplemental Food Program (2020-2021, 2019-2020, 2018-2019, 2016-2017, 2015-2016, 2014-2015, 2013-2014)
The Galilee Center is in its seventh year of the Supplement Food Program. The Supplemental Food Program helps to ensure that children who qualify for a free lunch from the Coachella Valley School District receive supplemental food for lunch when school is not in session to ensure they have nutritional foods available and do not go hungry when school is out. This is strategy to addressed childhood hunger to meet the community demand for the project.
The Galilee Center provides emergency services for children residing in the Eastern Coachella Valley. The children are 100% Hispanic and live in the farm/migrant workers’ trailer parks and low-income housing, a very low economic region of Eastern Riverside County. This program addresses the community need of school-aged children for supplemental food when school is out, and the school lunch program is not available. All children are also served through the Emergency Food Distribution program for families, but additional food is needed when children cannot receive a lunch through the school lunch program because school is not in session.
There is an estimated 16 weeks that schools are not in session annually. Supplementing food for these periods for children is a priority at the Galilee Center. The Supplemental Lunch Program food distribution is done once every week at the Hammond Road site in Mecca. The Galilee Center strives to supply children with nutritious foods that include bread, dairy products, peanut butter, macaroni/cheese, canned soups, canned meats, fresh fruits, and fresh vegetables. Each child is provided each visit with enough food supplements for two-weeks’ worth of food during the days school are closed. School closures are projected to be 51 days during the summer break, 11 days during the winter break and 5 days during the spring break, plus 8 holidays.