L.A. Offering Free Lunches to Kids at 100-Plus City Parks Thru August 4

The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation & Parks is offering free lunches to youth aged 1 to 18 at over 100 parks through August 4, 2023.

      The city’s Summer Food Service Program aims to provide nutritious meals to students while on summer break, given that many students depend on the free lunches they are provided in cafeterias during the school year. The menu includes fresh fruits, vegetables, milk, salads and occasionally deli sandwiches.

      Lunch is served on a first come, first serve basis Monday through Friday. No registration or proof of income is required. Parents need only to bring their kids to one of the city’s participating parks, a list of which is provided on their website. All meals must be consumed on site.

      “We look forward to providing free lunch during the summer months for kids and teens through our partnership with LAUSD. Through this program, we are not only providing nutritious meals but also fostering a supportive environment where children and teenagers can thrive”, said Jimmy Kim, the general manager of the Department of Recreation and Parks, according to a press release.

      Persons with disabilities 19 years and older can also participate as long as they are enrolled in a special school district program during the school year.

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

      To find a location nearest you, call 818-346-2700, text “Summer Meals” to 97779 or visit www.laparks.org/foodprogram.

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