SPUSD provides lunches to community youth at no cost

Story by Georgia Parsons
Associate Feature Editor

Photo courtesy of Michelle Curry

The SPUSD Food and Nutrition program is offering free meals to anyone in the greater South Pasadena community between the ages of one and 18 on Diamond Avenue across from the SPHS basketball gym. This program has been underway since the beginning of the school year, and will continue for the remainder of the second semester.

The department serves up to three days of breakfast and lunch every Tuesday and Friday from 7:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. for prepackaged food and 10:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m for hot meals. There are options for curbside pickup and a walk-up service. 

Those who do not attend SPUSD schools still qualify for the free meals, but they need to first fill out a form at the pickup site to receive a Community Card denoting their eligibility. 

District Food and Nutrition Department Director Michelle Curry has been circulating a flyer about the free meal opportunity, with the hope of attracting more families to the program.

“The community has been welcome since we started serving meals with the free waiver in September 2020,” Curry said. “We have about 20 community families participating right now. I recently decided to make a push to get the word out as our serving numbers have been dropping.”

The nutrition program will continue serving free meals even as SPUSD campuses open in March and April.

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