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Friday, June 14, 2024


Kids can get free lunches at Long Beach parks this summer

By Staff ReportsJune 14, 2024

Starting June 17, the Long Beach Parks and Recreation Department will be handing out free lunches on weekdays to anyone 18 and under at almost two dozen local parks and two libraries.

The program, which runs through Aug. 23, is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“Meals will consist of well-balanced, nutritious options and will include cold components such as milk, juice, fruits and vegetables,” the parks department said in an announcement. “To participate, eligible youth can simply arrive at a participating location during the designated times, no registration required.”

The meals must be eaten on-site.

Food will be served from 11:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday at the following sites:

  • Admiral Kidd Park, 2125 Santa Fe Ave.
  • Bixby Park, 130 Cherry Ave.
  • College Estates Park, 808 Stevely Ave.
  • Coolidge Park, 352 Neece Ave.
  • Houghton Park, 6301 Myrtle Ave.
  • Lincoln Park, 101 Pacific Ave.
  • MacArthur Park, 1321 Anaheim St.
  • Orizaba Park, 1435 Orizaba Ave.
  • Scherer Park, 4600 Long Beach Blvd.
  • Silverado Park, 1545 W. 31st St.
  • Somerset Park, 1500 E. Carson St.
  • Stearns Champions Park, 4520 E. 23rd St.
  • Signal Hill Park, 1780 E. Hill St.

And from noon to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the following sites:

  • Burton Chase Park, Market St & Dairy Ave.
  • Cesar Chavez Park, 401 Golden Ave.
  • Drake Park, 951 Maine Ave.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Ave.
  • McBride Park, 1550 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
  • Pan American Park, 5157 Centralia Ave.
  • Ramona Park, 3301 E. 65th St.
  • Seaside Park, 14th St. & Chestnut Ave.
  • Veterans Park, 101 E. 28th St.
  • Whaley Park, 5620 Atherton St.

And from noon to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday:

  • Bret Hart Library, 1595 W. Willow St.
  • Brewitt Library, 4036 E. Anaheim St.

You can find menus and more information here or by calling 562-570-3524

Long Beach has been participating in the program for 45 years to make sure kids get healthy meals even when they’re not at school.

Meals won’t be served on the June 19 or July 4 holidays.

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