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Schools offer free summer meals

• No income restrictions made for kids ages 1-18

Posted: June 12, 2008 1:36 a.m.
Updated: August 13, 2008 5:03 a.m.

Parents of children who qualify for free meals during the school year sometimes have a hard time providing meals during the summer months, but thanks to the Santa Clarita Valley School Food Services Agency, those summertime meals are covered.

Free meals will be available to all children between the ages of 1 and 18 years this summer under the federal child nutrition program called the Summer Food Service Program, and there are no income restrictions.

"We prepare the meals here in our Central Kitchen and take them out to the sites," said Jane Crawford, director of food services for the agency. "It gives the kids in our community the opportunity to have breakfast and lunch throughout the summer without burdening their parents."

Summer meals will be provided at the Boys & Girls Club in Newhall, Canyon Country and Val Verde, and at the Community Center in Newhall.

"We do it at strategic areas so that parents can take their kids for breakfast and lunch," Crawford said. "We get quite a few kids, because we try to offer the meals at places where kids are going to be during the summer."

Disabled persons 19 years and older who participate during regular school periods in a public or private nonprofit school program for the mentally or physically disabled are also eligible to participate in the program.

"It brings me a lot of joy to know that we're providing food for families, when otherwise it would be a hardship," Crawford said.

For information, call the Santa Clarita Valley School Food Services Agency at (661) 295-1574, ext. 103.


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