The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank’s Free Summer Meal Program Will Provide Daily Nutritious Meals to an Average of 3,500 Kids Facing Hunger in LA County

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank’s Free Summer Meal Program Will Provide Daily Nutritious Meals to an Average of 3,500 Kids Facing Hunger in LA County

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank’s Free Summer Meal Program Will Provide Daily Nutritious Meals to an Average of 3,500 Kids Facing Hunger in LA County

                                                                                         

LOS ANGELES —May 31, 2019 —On June 3, 2019, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank will launch its 14th annual free Summer Meal Program. The program will run until students return to school, providing a nutritious midday meal to children who would normally receive a school lunch.

This year, the Summer Meal Program, which has nearly doubled in size over the past three years due to increasing need, will serve more than 3,000 meals a day at more than 50 distribution sites, including Boys and Girls Clubs, summer schools, community centers, the Salvation Army and some libraries. This includes the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a federally funded nutrition program for children facing hunger during the summer months. ­­­­­

The Food Bank’s Child Nutrition program provides well-balanced meals and food kits for children facing hunger all year long. Access to healthy food helps prevent nutritiona­­­l deficiencies that could turn into lifelong health problems such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes. It also establishes healthy eating habits, and provides the nutrition needed to concentrate and perform well in school. Early access to healthy meals supports strong educational development, which in turn sets kids up for a successful future full of opportunity and promise.

To learn more about how your child can receive free, nutritious lunches this summer, including details about open and closed distribution sites, service times, income requirements and types of meals offered, please visit LAFoodBank.org/summerlunch.

“Open” sites provide meals to all children, without any eligibility documentation, who are 18 years of age and younger. “Restricted Open” sites are open to all children on a first come, first served basis and may restrict access due to space, security, safety or control. Registration is required at “Closed Enrolled” sites.

In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, the Food Bank is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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