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Pasadena Unified wraps up school year, launches summer meal program

Kids pass food around the table for lunch.
Kids pass food around the table for lunch.
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Food service workers at the Pasadena Unified School District are getting ready to launch their 33rd annual summer meal program next week.

The federally sponsored effort aims to help feed some of the district's students during the summer months. Out of about 18,000 students districtwide, 11,000 receive free or reduced lunch during the school year, according to Wesley Howard, administrator of child nutrition for the district. 

"The need is still there during the summer time," he said. "We offer a great service." 

Pasadena Unified students will wrap up their final day of classes for this school year Thursday.

In addition to free breakfasts and lunches that the district will begin serving at some sites on Monday, more than half of the free meal sites will include activities ranging from arts and crafts to athletics, according to Howard. Among the sites offering activities are the Boys & Girls Club and the Pasadena City Parks. (You can view the full list below.)

The meals are free to students 18 and under. No preregistration is required and students do not need to attend a Pasadena Unified school to participate. 

All of the meals served will meet nutrition guidelines set by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Meals will include fresh fruit and whole grains.

Last summer, the district served about 6,000 lunches and 3,600 breakfasts.

Find the complete list of free meal sites below or contact Pasadena Unified Food Services at 626-396-5850 for more information.

Pasadena Unified School District Free Meal Sites