Officials from the Los Angeles Unified School District Food Services Division have announced its summer meal services program.

The Food Services Division, in collaboration with the Beyond The Bell Branch, the District’s afterschool program, will operate the summer food program at 301 sites. Valley area schools include Chavez Learning Academy, Kennedy High School, Maclay Middle School, Northridge Academy High School, Pacoima Middle School, San Fernando Elementary, and San Fernando High School, among others.

Qualified students can receive the lunch at any participating school that is convenient for them.

 For the majority of participating schools, the summer program runs from June 15 through July 24. Depending on participation, the program may be extended at select schools.

Anyone between the ages of 1 and 18 may receive free meals. The District also is partnering with the Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department to provide meals at 106 additional sites.

More than 520,000 students in L.A. Unified qualify for free or reduced-price meals during the school year, but many lack nourishment when the school year ends. The Summer Food Service Program ensures that all children continue to benefit during the summer from good nutrition.

“Our summer meals program is a building block in the community leading to healthy, happy youngsters who are ready to learn,” said Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines. “Our responsibility to our students doesn’t end when school lets out. Boys and girls who get enough to eat and have safe activities to participate in during the summer are less likely to get into trouble.”

The program is operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the California Department of Education.

For more information about the summer food program, contact the Food Services Division at (213) 241-6419 or (213) 241-6422.