For the first time, children in the Orange Unified School District can receive two free meals on weekdays during the summer under a program underwritten by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The meals, prepared by the district's food service department, will be served in six Orange and Garden Grove neighborhoods where 50% or more of the children have been identified as needy.
The meals program, which will begin on June 24 and continue through Aug. 23, is expected to provide 1,300 breakfasts and 4,000 lunches five days a week, said Judy Ross, director of nutrition services for the school district.
The meals will be served at El Camino Park at the corner of Main Street and Walnut Avenue and at Lampson, Handy, Prospect, Taft, Cambridge and West Orange elementary schools.
Breakfast at the five schools will be served from 7:30 to 8 a.m. Lunches of milk, fruits and vegetables, and nachos, burritos, pizza or sandwiches will be provided at Lampson, Prospect, Taft and West Orange from 11 a.m. to noon. Handy Elementary will serve lunch at noon each day, and lunch at El Camino Park will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.