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Free Summer Food Service Program for Children June 20 through August 25

Release Date: 2023-06-13

For the 44th year in a row, the City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) will offer the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program to provide free, nutritious meals to Long Beach children and youth over the summer months.

“The Summer Food Service Program offers Long Beach youth continued access to nutritious meals when school is out for summer,” said Mayor Rex Richardson. “We’re proud to continue this longstanding food equity service for our younger generation so they can stay healthy and thrive.”

Beginning June 20 through August 25, PRM will provide free meals for children and youth Monday through Friday, with times varying at each site between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (excluding Tuesday, July 4). Meals will be available to all attending children and youth between 1 and 18 years old. Infant meals will not be provided. Meals will consist of well-balanced, nutritious options and will include cold components such as milk, juice, fruits and vegetables. To participate, eligible youth can simply arrive at a participating location during the designated times; no registration required. Meals must be consumed on site at the location.

This year, the Summer Food Service Program will operate at 23 locations throughout Long Beach and Signal Hill. The full list of locations where meals will be provided is available here or by calling the Summer Food Office at 562.570.3524.

The Summer Food Service Program began in Long Beach in 1979 and has since provided more than two million meals to children and teens, ages 1 to 18 years. The program was established to ensure that during the school summer break, children would be able to receive the same well-balanced meals they receive during the school year.

The Summer Food Service Program for Children is funded through USDA and administered by the California Department of Education.