Free Lunch Program for Youths Begins Today at Select LA Parks

Black students eating lunch in school cafeteria

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A free lunch program for youths up to 18 years old begins today at select Los Angeles city parks and will run through Aug. 9.

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 includes fresh deli sandwiches, salads, fresh fruit, vegetables and milk. It meets the U.S. Department of Agriculture's nutrition standards and the city's Good Food Purchasing Policy.

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 list of participating parks is available at More information is available online at or by calling 818-346-2700.

“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.''

The program is funded by the USDA and administered by the California Department of Education.

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