The L.A. County Department of Parks and Recreation and the L.A. County Library are once again offering kids free lunches and snacks this summer. Both programs – Summer Lunch at the Library and the Free Summer Lunch and Snack Program – are shifting to grab-and-go, no-contact pickup to keep everyone safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
Both programs kick off June 16.
Summer Lunch at the Library offers lunches from noon-1 p.m. Tues.-Fri. (except July 3) through Aug. 7 at 24 L.A. County Library locations.
“This will be the sixth consecutive year that L.A. County Library has offered free lunches through this program,” says L.A. County Library Director Skye Patrick. “In our ever-changing world, we have to find unique ways to provide for our communities, and I am excited to continue this partnership with the Parks Department to provide these essential services.”
The Free Summer Lunch and Snack Program runs during the same times and dates at 49 locations throughout the county. Click here for those locations.
Free nutritious lunch and snack including vegetables, fruits, seeds and healthy dairy products such as milk, string cheese and yogurt are available for ages 18 and under. Snacks and lunches can be picked up at the same time, and face coverings and physical distancing of six feet are required.
“We know many families rely on lunch and snack programs to provide free, nutritious food for their children, perhaps now more than ever,” says Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation Acting Director Norma E. Garcia. “We are honored to welcome the children and youth of our parks to pick up healthy, reliable meal during summer.”
Every summer, the parks program provides 300,000 free snacks and lunches in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture, the California Department of Education and the Department of Public Health.