Food That’s In, When School Is Out

LOS ANGELES (June 7, 2013) – Officials from the Food Services Division of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) announced today its summer meal services program. When schools close for the summer, the District wants to help students avoid hunger.

More than 520,000 students in LAUSD qualify for free or reduced-price meals during the school year, but many do not get enough to eat when school is out. The Summer Food Service Program ensures that low-income children continue to grow and learn through good nutrition during the months when school closes.

The summer food program, rendered by the Food Services Division, Beyond the Bell Branch, Extended School Year and Credit Recovery Groups, will operate at select schools (see attached current list) and serve students between the ages of one and 18, whether they participate in academic or recreational activities.

“Many of our students, who rely on school breakfast and lunch during the school year, cannot maintain that energy during the summer if they do not receive the proper nutrition. That’s where we come in, by providing nutritious meals to keep kids nourished and healthy during the long summer months,” said Food Services Director David Binkle.
For most participating schools, the summer meal program runs from June 10 through August 1. The program may be extended at select schools.

The summer food program is federally funded, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the California Department of Education. Summer programs are located at approved sites that serve large numbers of low-income children.

To learn more about the Summer Food Program, contact the LAUSD Food Services Division at 213-241-2993. To find the nearest location, call 211.
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Contact: Ellen Morgan (213) 241-6766