LOS ANGELES (CNS) — Starting Monday and through Aug. 9, children up to 18 years old can receive a free lunch at select Los Angeles city parks including the Ritchie Valens Recreation Center in Pacoima and the Sylmar Recreation Center.
The Summer Food Service Program aims to ensure that children in Los Angeles have access to nutritious lunches when school is not in session. The menu, which meets USDA nutrition standards and the city’s Good Food Purchasing Policy, will include options like fresh deli sandwiches, salads, fresh fruit, vegetables and milk.
The program is funded by the US Department of Agriculture and is administered by the California Department of Education.
“We are incredibly thankful for the Summer Food Service Program, which provides reliable and nutritious meals throughout the summer months,” said Mike Shull, general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. “We encourage children and teens to take advantage of this opportunity.”
Meals will be provided to-go, and parents are allowed to pick-up meals for their children. Only one meal is available per child, and food will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
A complete list of participating parks, which includes other San Fernando Valley locations, is available at https://bit.ly/3vgX4BV.
More information is available by visiting laparks.org/foodprogram or calling (818) 346-2700.