Free Summer Lunch and Snack Program returns to County parks

The Free Summer Lunch and Snack Program brings nutritious snacks to children at County parks. From now until September 3, children 18 years of age and younger who are enrolled in the program will be given sandwiches, fruit, vegetables, milk, string cheese, and yogurt in the morning and afternoon at no cost to their parent or guardian. The program, in effect for more than 30 years, is the result of the collaborative efforts of the Department of Parks and Recreation, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the California Department of Education who have teamed up to provide approximately 270,000 free lunches and snacks to children at 47 County parks during the seven week program.

The program, funded by the California Department of Education’s Child Nutrition Program, was created to combat childhood obesity in the United States. Lunches will be served Monday thru Friday, between 11 p.m. and 1 p.m. and snacks will be served between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. In order for parks to qualify for the program, they must serve an elementary, middle or high school that has more than 50% of its students receiving reduced or free lunch.

To learn more or enroll a child in the lunch and snack program, please call the Los Angeles County Summer Lunch Program Office at (310) 965-8630 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.