The Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) has begun offering free breakfasts and lunches for children and youth 18 years old or younger this summer through the 2022 Summer Food Program.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and PUSD’s Food and Nutrition Services Department, the free meals will be served at all PUSD schools, and some parks and other sites throughout Pasadena, Altadena, and Sierra Madre. Children do not need to be enrolled in PUSD schools to receive a meal and no pre-registration is required.
The USDA established the Summer Food Service Program, also known as the Summer Meals Program, to ensure that children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Working closely with individual states, the USDA ensures that children will continue to get the nutrition they need when schools are closed – whether during summer break or unexpected closures during the school year, according to USDA’s statement.
On school days, PUSD serves over 14,000 meals to students daily. With the Free Summer Meals program, all children will continue to receive the free meals. Parents need only to bring their children to one of the area’s community feeding sites and they will be provided a free breakfast and lunch.
At the PUSD sites, breakfast is usually served between 7:30 and 9 a.m. Lunch is served between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
For more information and a list of free-meal sites, visit www.pusd.us/foodservices or call PUSD Food and Nutrition Services at (626) 396-5852.
For a complete list of all Pasadena locations, visit www.pusd.us/Page/9916#central.