Kids Eat Free at 46 LA Parks This Summer

Food insecurity is a problem 365 days out of the year. But it can be especially drastic during the summer months when schools are closed, eliminating at least one free and available meal.

Los Angeles County and the Los Angeles Unified School District have tried to change that. This summer, with the help of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the California Department of Education, the county will ensure that every child has access to a free and nutritious lunch and snacks.

On weekdays through Aug. 5, children under 18 can obtain lunch and snacks at 46 LA County parks free of charge. Lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m. and snacks between 3 and 4 p.m. Food will not be provided on June 20 or July 4.

"Food insecurity can have significant negative impacts on the healthy development of children and can increase the risks for depression and other mental health conditions among adolescents,'' said Norma Garcia-Gonzalez, Director of LA’s Parks and Recreation, which is leading the 2022 Summer Food Service Program.

"Ensuring the consistent delivery of out-of-school-time lunch and snack programs through our department's summer recreation programs and activities will expand access to nutritious food,'' she continued. "Access to nutritious food partnered with quality out-of-school-time activities is especially needed for many families during this time of economic stress.''

See a list of participating locations here.


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