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Los Angeles Unified to Offer Youngsters Free Meals this Summer (6-07-19)

Los Angeles Unified to Offer Youngsters

Free Meals this Summer

 

LOS ANGELES (June 7, 2019) - Hunger never takes a holiday, which is troubling for children and youth who rely on meals served at school for most of their nutrition. To help children stay well-nourished when school is out, Los Angeles Unified is again hosting a summer meals program in lower-income neighborhoods.

“Children still need food when school is out,” Superintendent Austin Beutner said. “The Summer Food Service Program will provide free, healthy meals to anyone between the ages of 1 and 18 years old without requiring them to participate in classes or recreational activities.”

“There is a real need for meal service in the summer,” Food Services Director Manish Singh said. “More than 80 percent of our students qualify for either free or reduced-price meals.”

To find a location, call 211, or visit the Food Services page on the Los Angeles Unified website: https://achieve.lausd.net/cafela.

“Student health leads to student success,” Board President Mónica García said. “We are proud that our schools are safe havens for our children even during summer break. Stay nourished, stay active and we can’t wait to see you back in August, ready for the 2019-20 school year!”

“Los Angeles Unified is committed to providing food security for the hundreds of thousands of students who rely on the meals they receive in school, and that commitment doesn’t take a summer vacation,” Board Vice President Nick Melvoin said.

Starting Thursday, June 13, lunch will be served at select schools that offer the LA’s Best Enrichment Program. On Monday, June 17, meals will begin at many schools that have Beyond the Bell Youth Services. Additional summer meal service will start on Wednesday, June 19. At most schools, meals will available through Friday, July 26, although some campuses will have a shortened calendar.

“Summer meals are essential to the ongoing health and nutritional needs for our students,” Board Member Dr. George J. McKenna III said. “Our ability to deliver uninterrupted meal service when school is out underscores Los Angeles Unified’s commitment to serving the whole child.”

“Through this program, we can ensure that every student will receive the nourishment needed to stay healthy and excel in their summer activities,” Board Member Scott M. Schmerelson said. “Most importantly, parents are assured their kids will have a balanced meal free of charge.”

Board Member Jackie Goldberg said, “We know here at Los Angeles Unified that the lunch program for our students has been a big part of making sure that they have enough to eat and they can be healthy and strong. We want to make sure that students and parents know this goes on in the summer. We think it is important that we continue this because children and youth need good food while they are growing.”

“The summer meals program is one of the many ways Los Angeles Unified works to meet the holistic needs of our students, even when school is not in session,” Board Member Kelly Gonez said. “I am proud of our continued effort to ensure all of our students are happy and healthy throughout the summer months."

"As someone who represents some of the most economically disadvantaged communities in Los Angeles Unified, I know that many of our students face not just the end of a semester, but the end of access to what might be their only regular source of meals,” Board Member Dr. Richard Vladovic said. “I am proud we are working to be a part of ending childhood malnutrition, and I encourage others to do their part to ensure that students don't go hungry as we begin summer vacation." 

In addition, through a partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, summer meal service will also be available at 102 municipal sites beginning Monday, June 10.

School locations also can be found at https://achieve.lausd.net/cms/lib/CA01000043/Centricity/Domain/126/SFSP%20Site%20List%206.5.19.pdf

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