Free, Lunches To-Go Kicks Off For Summer 2020 In Temecula

Susan C. Schena

TEMECULA, CA — The City of Temecula next week will launch its Summer Food Service Program, providing free, to-go lunches three days a week for youth, with no requirements for income verification or advance registration, according to officials.

Curbside pick-up of the meals will be Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning at 11 a.m. from June 9 through Aug. 6 at Margarita Community Park, 29119 Margarita Road, the Community Services Department said. Any child, 18 and younger, qualify when accompanied by a parent or caregiver, and the lunches are first-come, first-served, as the number of meals are limited.

The free lunch program routinely is held each summer, but with COVID-19 shutdowns and accompanying layoffs, families are facing greater financial burdens, the city noted. This year's effort is starting earlier than in years past and adding an extra day.

“The Summer Food Service Program is a vital resource for some Temecula families," Mayor James ‘Stew’ Stewart said. "Our mission is to make certain that any child in need of a meal knows where they can find a nutritious lunch while school is out of session. We want our local youth to be able to spend their summer time playing, exploring, growing, and not experiencing food insecurity.”

This program is not intended for organized summer camps or programs, officials added.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture annually partners with such local organizations as the City of Temecula to provide free meals to children when school is out for summer. To read more on that government program, follow this link.

For more information on the Temecula program, call the Community Services Department at (951) 694-6464.

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This article originally appeared on the Temecula Patch