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Free Summer Lunch Program Is Back

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to think about keeping children healthy while school is out. The City of Visalia Parks & Recreation Department is partnering with FoodLink for Tulare County to provide free meals to children all summer.

Summer is an exciting time for children to enjoy playtime with friends, a week at camp, a family vacation or time at the pool, but for many children who receive free and reduced-price meals at school, summer can mean hunger.

“Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child’s need for good nutrition,” stated Jeannie Greenwood, Director of Visalia Parks & Recreation Department.

Visalia Parks & Recreation is pleased to provide free meals to children during the summer as part of the USDA Summer Food Service Program.

From June 4th through August 10th, a FREE lunch will be served at:
- Anthony Community Center (345 N. Jacob Street)
- Manuel F. Hernandez Community Center (247 W. Ferguson Avenue)
- Whitendale Community Center (630 W. Beech Avenue)

In addition, the Summer Food Service Program will be offered at Crowley Elementary (214 E. Ferguson St.) and at the Visalia Library (200 W. Oak St.). For the full list of sites, visit the California Department of Education's 2018 Summer Meal Sites site.

Locations will be open Monday through Friday between 12 - 1 p.m. There are no income requirements or registration. Any child 18 years and under is eligible to attend and eat lunch on site.

For more information on the lunch program, please contact Visalia Parks and Recreation Department at (559) 713-4365 or email

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