first_img• Video: Summer lunch program SOUTH WHITTIER – School is out, so who is feeding the children? Beginning this week, thousands of youngsters are being served nutritious meals at nearly 60 parks this summer through the Los Angeles County’s 2007 Summer Lunch and Summer Snack Program. County officials said the program provides meals for children who would otherwise go without lunch during the summer months. Specially prepared menus are designed to help reverse the growing trend toward obesity among U.S. children, officials said. “It’s actually good because they get exercise and they get to eat,” he said. “The community looks forward to it every year. As far back as a month ago, I had parents asking me when it was starting this year.” Parents or guardians interested in signing up their children for the free meals should contact their local participating park, or they can call (310) 965-8249 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For Leticia Miranda, a local mom and day-care provider, the program’s benefits are obvious. As she watched over her four children and a friend’s 5-year-old daughter at Adventure County Park in South Whittier on Tuesday, Miranda said the lunch program is perfectly suited for her children, who attend summer school at nearby Mulberry Elementary. “The kids like to come because there are more kids here, so they have fun,” said Miranda. “And for me, I’ve noticed the kids eat more when they see other kids eat, so they’re set for the afternoon. “It’s on the way home from school, and it’s just helps me out so much,” she added. “If I don’t have food at home, I can just come here and the lunch is all ready to go.” Alberto Gonzalez, who coordinates Adventure Park’s meals program, said the program typically serves between 50 and 60 lunches every weekday. At about 3 p.m., officials also hand out free snacks to children under 18 as part of the same program, he added. last_img read more