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Did You Know L.A. Rec & Parks Offers Free Lunch for Kids & Teens All Summer Long?

June 30, 2016 by Courtney Sulzberger

Looking for a quick way to save a few dollars on meals for your kids over the next few months?

Got a tip for you.

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The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks offers free lunches to kids and teens all summer long.

From June 13 through Aug. 12, kids and teens ages one through 18 will have access to free weekday lunches at over 100 parks and recreation centers. Even better, children and families can participate in the program without any application or proof of income.

According to the Los Angeles Daily News, the free Summer Food Service Program was “created to help reduce a growing percentage of children who face obesity or lack of access to wholesome meals.”

LA Parks Food Program

Image via laparks.org

The healthy and nutritious meals are first come, first serve and include vegetables and dairy products necessary for growing children. The Summer Food Service Program also promotes outdoor activities and will hopefully lead to more park visits from friends and families.

“It is always wonderful to welcome young people to our park, and we hope they will come for a healthy lunch and snack and stay for all of the great programs, facilities and other amenities that our parks offer,” said Department of Recreation and Parks Director John Wicker.

The program is currently live at a wide variety of parks ranging from North East LA to Hollywood and the South Bay. Participating recreation centers include the Elysian Valley Recreation Center, Lincoln Park Recreation Center, Boyle Heights Sports Center, Hollywood Recreation Center, Silverlake Recreation Center, Balwdin Hills Recreation Center, Culver Slauson Recreation Center, and many more.

To find a location and hours near you, visit laparks.org.

For more information on the Food Service Program, go here.

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