Friday, June 24, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY FROM THE SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT: USDA & Northgate Gonzalez Market Partner to End Hunger Among Kids & Teens

News Directors, Reporters and Editors: Our Food Services Department is participating in this Press Conference. Your coverage is welcomed.




Friday, June 24, 2016


Contact:  Veronica Davison, , 415-214-3995. 


USDA & Northgate Gonzalez Market Partner to End Hunger Among Kids & Teens


About 22 million children and teens receive free and reduced price meals through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National School Lunch Program.  However, only an estimated 3.8 million (1 in 6) participate in the USDA Summer Meals Programs. To help reach low-income children who fall victim to the nutrition gap that leaves millions without nutritious food to eat during the summer, USDA is partnering with Northgate Gonzalez Market. Through adverts in weekly circulars and in-store announcements, Northgate Gonzalez Market will play a critical role in ensuring more families in need learn about the summer meals programs, which are free to children and teens 18 and under.


In 2015, nearly 12 million meals were served to children and teens in San Diego County through USDA-funded summer meals programs.  According to, over 20 percent of children living in San Diego County go hungry—66 percent of them are from families living below the poverty line.


WHAT:                 Joint U.S. Department of Agriculture-Northgate Gonzalez Market Press Conference


WHEN:                 Monday, June 27, 2016 – 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

                                • 10:30 a.m.—Press conference

                                • 11:00 a.m.—Store tour

                                • 11:30 a.m.—Healthy lunch with Chef Pablo


San Diego County Rethink Your Drink and San Ysidro Health Center Children’s Mobile Unit will be onsite throughout the event.


WHERE:               Northgate Gonzalez Market, 1410 43rd Street, San Diego, CA 92113


WHO:                   Speakers are available for pull-aside interviews immediately following the press conference

                                • Victor Gonzalez, President and Owner, Northgate Gonzalez Market

                                • Jesus Mendoza, Jr., Regional Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

                                • Corrie King, FoodCorps Service Member, San Diego Unified School District


Note:                    Please direct all inquiries to Veronica Davison,, 415-214-3995. 


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