Free summer food program begins in LA County Monday
FILE PHOTO: Old Orchard Elementary School fourth graders work together to mix a salad in a giant mixing bowl at the Kids' Cooking Campaign at the Santa Clarita valley School Food Services Agency on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. Katharine Lotze/Signal
By Christina Cox
Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Nearly 225,000 free snacks and lunches will be distributed to children at county parks, county libraries, churches, school districts, schools and organizations as part of the 2017 Summer Food Service Program.

The Summer Food Service Program in Los Angeles is presented by the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture, the California Department of Education and the Department of Public Health.

“Healthy eating is essential to healthy recreation, so we are very proud to take the lead on this program,” said Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation Director John Wicker in a statement. “It is always wonderful to welcome young people to our parks, 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 in their communities.”

Through the program, children 18 years old and younger are invited to receive a nutritious lunch and snack that includes vegetables, fruits, seeds and healthy dairy products like milk, string cheese and yogurt.

To offer the program, participating locations must be in elementary, middle or high school attendance areas where at least 50 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced lunch.

The program was created to reduce the number of people in the United States who are challenged by obesity or do not have access to healthy meals, according to Los Angeles County.

In the Santa Clarita Valley, listed participating venues include the Newhall Boys and Girls Club, the Canyon Country Boys and Girls Club, the Santa Clarita Community Center, Rio Vista Elementary School, Cedarcreek Elementary School and Leona Cox Elementary School.

At the majority of the Santa Clarita locations, which are sponsored by the Santa Clarita Valley School Food Services Agency, children and teens will have access to wholesome breakfast and lunch meals during the summer.

To check out participating locations outside of the Santa Clarita Valley visit: https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks.  Residents can also find a location near them by texting FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877.

Participating Santa Clarita Valley locations:

Newhall Boys and Girls Club

Canyon Country Boys and Girls Club

Santa Clarita Community Center

Rio Vista Elementary School

Cedarcreek Elementary School

Leona Cox Elementary School

About the author

Christina Cox

Christina Cox

Christina Cox is a multimedia journalist covering education, community and breaking news in the Santa Clarita Valley. She joined The Signal as a staff writer in August 2016.

FILE PHOTO: Old Orchard Elementary School fourth graders work together to mix a salad in a giant mixing bowl at the Kids' Cooking Campaign at the Santa Clarita valley School Food Services Agency on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. Katharine Lotze/Signal

Free summer food program begins in LA County Monday

Nearly 225,000 free snacks and lunches will be distributed to children at county parks, county libraries, churches, school districts, schools and organizations as part of the 2017 Summer Food Service Program.

The Summer Food Service Program in Los Angeles is presented by the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture, the California Department of Education and the Department of Public Health.

“Healthy eating is essential to healthy recreation, so we are very proud to take the lead on this program,” said Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation Director John Wicker in a statement. “It is always wonderful to welcome young people to our parks, 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 in their communities.”

Through the program, children 18 years old and younger are invited to receive a nutritious lunch and snack that includes vegetables, fruits, seeds and healthy dairy products like milk, string cheese and yogurt.

To offer the program, participating locations must be in elementary, middle or high school attendance areas where at least 50 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced lunch.

The program was created to reduce the number of people in the United States who are challenged by obesity or do not have access to healthy meals, according to Los Angeles County.

In the Santa Clarita Valley, listed participating venues include the Newhall Boys and Girls Club, the Canyon Country Boys and Girls Club, the Santa Clarita Community Center, Rio Vista Elementary School, Cedarcreek Elementary School and Leona Cox Elementary School.

At the majority of the Santa Clarita locations, which are sponsored by the Santa Clarita Valley School Food Services Agency, children and teens will have access to wholesome breakfast and lunch meals during the summer.

To check out participating locations outside of the Santa Clarita Valley visit: https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks.  Residents can also find a location near them by texting FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877.

Participating Santa Clarita Valley locations:

Newhall Boys and Girls Club

  • June 19 to Aug. 11
  • Serves breakfast from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch from noon to 1 p.m.

Canyon Country Boys and Girls Club

  • June 19 to Aug. 11
  • Serves breakfast from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Santa Clarita Community Center

  • June 19 to Aug. 11
  • Serves lunch from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Rio Vista Elementary School

  • June 19 to July 14
  • Serves breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Cedarcreek Elementary School

  • June 19 to July 14
  • Serves breakfast from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Leona Cox Elementary School

  • June 26 to July 21
  • Serves breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

About the author

Christina Cox

Christina Cox

Christina Cox is a multimedia journalist covering education, community and breaking news in the Santa Clarita Valley. She joined The Signal as a staff writer in August 2016.