MUSD Offers Summer Meal Program

By EGP Staff Report

Children in families that depend on school breakfast and lunch programs during the regular school year could go without enough to eat this summer, but a federally subsidized meal program could make a big difference for students in Montebello Unified and other school districts, including Los Angeles Unified (LAUSD).

Now through July 29 or Aug. 2, depending on location, MUSD will provide breakfast and lunch to low-income children in the district, which includes Montebello, Bell Gardens and Commerce, as part of the Seamless Summer Option food service program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The program is aimed at reducing food insecurity — a term referring to the experience of people who at various times during the month are not sure where their next meal will come from — and is open to children under 18 years of age.

No paper work is required to participate in the program, according to MUSD Superintendent Cleve Pell.

Some schools will serve both breakfast and lunch, others just lunch.

Schools serving both include Rosewood Park Elementary in Commerce, and in Montebello, Greenwood Elementary and Montebello Intermediate School. Breakfast is served between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Lunch is served at all 18 MUSD school sites between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

“As one of the youngest of seven siblings who was raised by a single mother, my brothers and sisters and I benefited greatly from the Summer Food Program,” MUSD Board of Education President Hector Chacon said in a statement announcing the program. “I understand first-hand how programs such as these play a pivotal role in feeding school children whose families are struggling financially during these tough economic times.”

For more information on this program, contact MUSD Nutrition Services at (323) 887-7978.

To learn about LAUSD’s summer food program, go to http://home.lausd.net/ or call (213) 241-2993.

MUSD dates, locations and serving sites:

Now – July 29, 2013

Bell Gardens High School, 6119 Agra Street, Bell Gardens, CA  90201

Montebello High School, 2100 W. Cleveland Avenue, Montebello, CA  90640

Schurr High School, 820 Wilcox Avenue, Montebello, CA  90640

Applied Technology Center, 1200 Mines Avenue, Montebello, CA  90640

Rosewood Park School, 2352 S. Commerce Way, Commerce, CA 90040

*Breakfast also served

Greenwood Elementary School, 900 S. Greenwood Avenue, Montebello, CA  90640

*Breakfast also served

Vail High School, 1230 S. Vail Avenue, Montebello, CA  90640
Now – August 2, 2013

Bell Gardens Elementary School, 5620 Quinn Street, Bell Gardens, CA  90201

Cesar Chavez Elementary School, 6139 Loveland Street, Bell Gardens, CA  90201

Montebello Park Elementary School, 6300 Northside Drive, Los Angeles, CA  90022

Suva Elementary School, 6740 E. Suva Street, Bell Gardens, CA  90201

Wilcox Elementary School, 816 Donna Way, Montebello, CA  90640

Winter Gardens Elementary School, 1277 S. Clela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90022

 Bell Gardens Intermediate School, 5841 Live Oak Street, Bell Gardens, CA  90201

Eastmont Intermediate School, 400 S. Bradshaw Avenue, Montebello, CA  90640

La Merced Intermediate School, 215 E. Avenida de La Merced, Montebello, CA  90640

Montebello Intermediate School, 1600 Whittier Boulevard, Montebello, CA  90640

*Breakfast also served

 Suva Intermediate School, 6660 E. Suva Street, Bell Gardens, CA  90201

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