Metro Parks hosts free summer lunch program for children in parks Bag lunches will be distributed at eight Tacoma sites, plus Fife

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Metro Parks Tacoma announces the sponsorship of the Simplified Summer Food Program for Children as part of the Summer Playground Program that will take place on weekdays June 18 through Aug. 24, except for July 4.

Meals will be made available at no charge to any attending children 18 years of age and younger. All lunches meet or exceed USDA standards for nutrition and are provided first-come first-serve beginning at noon. Each day, meals will be provided until 1 p.m. or until supplies run out. In addition to the six playground program sites, Metro Parks offers lunches at two additional sites. 

The Summer Playground Program operates at six park sites in Tacoma. This is a free, drop-in program that runs for 10 weeks of the summer, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning June 18. Playground leaders engage kids in the park and encourage games, sports, activities, spray-play in the spraygrounds and even arts and crafts so that kids interact with positive adult role models and have fun. Metro Parks Tacoma encourages participation by all regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation or ability. 

Last year, Metro Parks served more than 20,000 meals.

Metro Parks Tacoma also partners with Fife Parks Department to offer free lunches from noon until 1 p.m. and afternoon snacks from 2-2:30 p.m. at Colburn Park through Fife’s free, drop-in playground program. This four-day-a-week program begins June 25 and continues through Aug. 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Except for July 4, Metro Parks Tacoma’s free playground program and lunches will be offered at these locations:

  • Franklin Park, 1201 S. Puget Sound Ave., Tacoma WA 98405
  • Portland Avenue Park, 3513 Portland Ave., Tacoma WA 98404
  • South Park, 4851 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma WA 98409
  • Verlo Playfield, 4321 McKinley Ave., Tacoma WA 98404
  • Wapato Park, 6500 S. Sheridan Ave., Tacoma WA 98408
  • Wright Park, 501 S. I St., Tacoma WA 98405
  • Meals only will be offered at the following locations:
  • South End Recreation & Adventure (SERA) Playground outside STAR Center, 3873 S. 66th St., Tacoma WA 98409
  • Titlow Park Lodge, 8425 6th Ave., Tacoma WA 98465

The Fife playground and meals program takes place at Colburn Park, 5506 20th St. E., Fife WA 98424.

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
fax: (202) 690-7442; or
email: program.intake@usda.gov.

For more information from Metro Parks Tacoma, please call (253) 305-1022 or visit MetroParksTacoma.org/playgrounds. Direct inquiries can be e-mailed to reneew@tacomaparks.com.

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