Starting today and until August 9, all kids aged up to 18 can get a free lunch at select Los Angeles city parks.
The Summer Food Service has taken up the initiative and is aiming to make sure that all children in Los Angeles can have access to nutritious lunches when school is not going on. The menu that will be offered meets USDA nutrition standards and the city's Good Food Purchasing Policy.
Among the available options will be salads, fresh fruit, deli sandwiches, milk, and vegetables.
According to Fox News, this program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is administered by the California Department of Education.
“We are incredibly thankful for the Summer Food Service Program, which provides reliable and nutritious meals throughout the summer months. We encourage children and teens to take advantage of this opportunity,” Mike Shull, general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, said for the news outlet.
Do kids have to eat right at the park?
No, all meals will be provided to-go. There is also an added benefit. Parents will be able to come pick up the meals for their children. Only one meal will be available per child. The food will be given out on a first come, first-served basis.
You can find the list of participating parks by using this link.
More information on the menus and any other conditions related to the program, possible food allergies or additional information about the Los Angeles program can be obtained by calling 818-346-2700.