PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

5/20/2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 052021
Subject:
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine to Sponsor Free Summer Food Service Program for Children June 21 through August 27
Contact:
Jane Grobaty
562.570.3233
Jane.Grobaty@longbeach.gov
Community Information Officer
Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine




Long Beach, CA - For the 42nd 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 throughout the summer months.

“This important program provides kids in Long Beach with nutritious meals five days a week during the summer months,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Making food accessible to our youth when school is not in session is vital to ensuring a healthy community for all.”

Beginning June 21 through August 27, PRM will provide free meals for children and youth Monday through Friday, with times varying at each site between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (excluding July 5). Meals will be available to all attending children and youth between one and 18 years old. Infant meals will not be provided.

PRM will conduct a “Grab n Go” service, similar to what is provided by the Long Beach Unified School District during the school year, where participants receive meals that can be enjoyed on or off site. Meals will consist of well-balanced, nutritious options and will include cold components such as milk, juice, fruits and vegetables.

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. 

This year, the program will operate at more than 30 locations throughout Long Beach. Visit the PRM website to view a complete list of locations where meals will be provided or call the Summer Food Office, 562.570.3226 for details.

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

About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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About Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Department (PRM) is recognized for excellence in management practices and programs, having received the National Parks and Recreation Association Gold Medal Award four times. PRM provides leisure programs and services to residents and visitors, which improve the quality of life in Long Beach. PRM maintains 171 parks with 26 community centers, 320 acres of open space and 6.1 miles of beaches; implements the City's Open Space Plan; provides recreational opportunities to meet diverse community needs; maintains public marinas; and provides for public safety and the humane treatment of animals.

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