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Children's Nutrition Programs

No child should go hungry. That’s why we help fight childhood hunger through a variety of innovative initiatives.

1 in 4 children in Los Angeles County Struggles with Hunger.

Good health starts with good food. And where there is good health, there is the ability to learn, play and give back. Without healthy food, the cycle of food insecurity is perpetuated. Eating healthy, balanced meals is especially challenging in our community for the 1 in 4 kids who don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

A hungry child cannot focus in school – they struggle to perform in the classroom, consistently scoring lower than their peers.

In order to ensure that food-insecure children in Los Angeles County have the nutritious food they need to grow, learn and thrive, the Food Bank provides the following Children’s Nutrition Programs:

Our After School Meals program provides healthy meals to at-risk children and youth aged 5 to 18 after the regular school day ends.

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Food for this program is purchased so the Food Bank’s Child Nutrition team can carefully plan nutritionally balanced and kid-friendly meals, with an emphasis on fresh produce. Each backpack contained enough food for at least six nutritious meals to ensure that each child did not go hungry over the weekend.

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Find out more about the Summer Lunch Program, including dates and times, and find a location near you

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