For Immediate Release: June 27, 2014
Contact: Selina Ayala-Patlan, Valerie Martinez (909) 445-1001

MONTEBELLO From now until July 25, The Montebello Unified School District is now offering the Seamless Summer Food Service Program during summer vacation for local children who are 1 to 18 years old. The program is designed to continue providing nutritious meals free of charge to children who come from low-income communities when school is not in session.

“This program is vital in providing assistance to families who may struggle financially,” said MUSD Board of Education President David Vela. “Our community works hard to make ends meet, and we are proud to be able to offer this option even during the summer months.”

Childhood food insecurity remains at unacceptable levels across the country and children are mostly acutely at risk in the summer months when they do not have access to school meals.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) operates summer meal programs to address this problem. Through MUSD’s participation, the program is helping to ensure that those same children to not go hungry in the summer.

The Seamless Summer Option combines features of the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program and Summer Food Service Program. This option reduces paperwork and administrative burden to make it easier for schools to feed children from low-income areas during the traditional summer vacation periods.

“As educators, one of our priorities is ensuring our students have access to proper nutrition,” said MUSD Superintendent of Schools Cleve Pell. “We thank our Nutrition Services Department and the USDA for working together to allow us to offer this option to our community’s children.”

For more information on this program or its serving times, please call the MUSD Nutrition Services Department at (323) 887-7978.

Dates, locations and serving sites for breakfast and/or lunch are as follows:

June 23 – July 25, 2014
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
June 30 – July 25, 2014
Greenwood Elementary School
900 S. Greenwood Avenue
Montebello, CA 90640
Bell Gardens Intermediate School
5841 Live Oak Street
Bell Gardens, CA 90201
Applied Technology Center
1200 Mines Avenue
Montebello, CA 90640
Rosewood Park School
2352 S. Commerce Way
Commerce, CA 90040
Eastmont Intermediate School
400 S. Bradshawe Avenue
Montebello, CA 90640
Vail High School
1230 S. Vail Avenue
Montebello, CA 90640
Laguna Nueva School
6360 Garfield Avenue
Commerce, CA 90040
Montebello Intermediate School
1600 Whittier Boulevard
Montebello, CA 90640
July 1 – July 25, 2014
Bell Gardens Elementary School
5620 Quinn Street
Bell Gardens, CA 90201
La Merced Intermediate School
215 E. Avenida de la Merced
Montebello, CA 90640
Suva Elementary School
6740 E. Suva Street
Bell Gardens, CA 90201
Cesar Chavez Elementary School
6139 Loveland Street
Bell Gardens, CA 90201
Wilcox Elementary School
816 Donna Way
Montebello, CA 90640
Macy Intermediate School
2101 Lupine Avenue
Monterey Park, CA 91755
Montebello Park Elementary School
6300 Northside Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90022
Winter Gardens Elementary School
1277 S. Clela Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90022
Suva Intermediate School
6660 E. Suva Street
Bell Gardens, CA 90201