Hayward: Free student summer lunches begin June 10

From Hayward Unified:

HAYWARD — Hayward Unified School District and its partners will start “Let’s Do Lunch Hayward … and breakfast too” at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, at Harder Elementary School, 495 Wyeth Road in Hayward.

“Let’s Do Lunch Hayward…and breakfast too,” in its fifth year, provides free meals to all Hayward students, many of whom depend on the school district’s free or subsidized lunch program to eat during the school year.

Over the past four years, “Let’s Do Lunch Hayward … and breakfast too” has served more than 650,000 meals to children in Hayward.

Community partners for “Let’s Do Lunch Hayward … and breakfast too” include former Hayward City Councilman Mark Salinas, Hayward Police Department Junior Giants, Chabot College, eight churches, the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District and Hayward libraries.

This year, Hayward Unified added “Words For Lunch” to promote literacy when school isn’t in session.  During lunch, students will take part in reading activities led by high school and college student volunteers.  Words for Lunch plans to distribute 1,000 free books to Hayward young people to help them start home libraries.

“In Hayward, our obligations to our students don’t end when school lets out for the summer,” said school Superintendent Stan Dobbs.

“We know that more than half of our students depend on us for free or reduced breakfast and lunch during the school year, and the Let’s Do Lunch program exemplifies our commitment to taking care of our kids all year long,” he said.

Harder Elementary is at 495 Wyeth Road.