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LAUSD and Parks Offer Free, Nutritious Food to Kids Over Summer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alex Garcia   
Thursday, 05 June 2014 04:28

An Italian calzone on wheat grain crust, with green beans, a fresh peach and milk; a bean and cheese burrito with a fresh nectarine, or grilled chicken on a whole wheat bun with apple juice.

Those are some of the menu items offered to anyone 18 and younger at hundreds of schools and parks throughout the city as part of the Free Summer Meal Program.

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and the City of Los Angeles have announced a joint partnership for the first time to provide summer meals and help kids and the disabled avoid hunger.

More than 520,000 LAUSD students qualify for free or reduced- price meals during the school year, but many do not get enough to eat when school is out. The Summer Food Service Program tries to insure that low-income children continue to grow and learn through good nutrition during the months when school closes.

The free summer meal program will run from June 9 through August 8, at more than 316 LAUSD school sites and 105 Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Centers. The Summer Food Service Program is expected to serve more than 4.5 million free meals.

Lunch is usually served during a one-hour period each weekday. The program offers a free, nutritionally balanced hot lunch: an entree, vegetable, and fruit and milk to anyone 18 and younger who shows up.

Some of the San Fernando Valley area schools taking part in this year’s effort include Byrd Middle School in Sun Valley; Chase Elementary School in Panorama City; Hubbard Elementary School in Sylmar; Gridley Elementary School in San Fernando; and Hart Elementary School in Canoga Park.

City parks offering the summer meals program include Branford Recreation Center in Arleta, Delano Recreation Center in Van Nuys, Hubert Humphrey Recreation Center in Pacoima, and Lanark Recreation Center in Canoga Park.

Los Angeles County officials estimate as many as 620,090 children need help in getting enough nutritious food, and 72 percent are eligible for nutrition programs, including school meals. But when school is out, the problem becomes more acute.

For a complete list of school sites, visit

For a list of participating recreational centers, visit www.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 June 2014 15:53