Hi there, sorry to be away for so long…I never intend it!
I was riding along in my car yesterday wondering what kind of summer programs exist for children who, without the aid of school meals, face hunger and possibly malnutrition this summer. I made a note in my head to look this up. Unfortunately, my head is a very crowded and somewhat disorganized place, so I forgot.
Then this morning I saw an article in the L.A. Times about fewer qualified children participating in food programs during the summer because fewer summer programs were being offered at schools. (here is the link: http://www.latimes.com/health/la-me-summer-meals-20110616,0,7728509.story)
Life is difficult enough with everyone out of work and struggling. There are nearby parks and community centers in Los Angeles offering assistance and to make it easy (it isn’t terribly simple to find unless you know where to look), here are some places to go:
A listing of food service program locations in the Los Angeles area at nearby parks with telephone contact information, the times when lunch and snacks are served to children ages 1-18 for FREE with NO PAPERWORK — just come and eat — from June 27-August 26, 2011: http://www.laparks.org/foodprogram/listArea.htm Phone: (818) 546-2383 or (818) 546-2384 Menus: http://www.laparks.org/foodprogram/index.htm
The L.A. Regional Food Bank also has programs for kids, seniors and other adults facing hunger, including programs to feed children over the weekends: http://www.lafoodbank.org/programs/programs-for-kids/kids-cafe.aspx
Community centers and other private entities that provide food services are reimbursed by the federal government through the USDA. If you are looking for such a program and you do not live in Los Angeles, or you would like to start one of your own, please go to:
National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE