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Metro Parks hosts free summer lunch program for children in parks

June 13, 2017

Bag lunches will be distributed at eight Tacoma sites, plus Fife

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 June 19 through Aug. 25.

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 program sites, Metro Parks offers meals-only 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 19, 2017. 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.

Metro Parks meals and program will be offered at the following locations:

  • Franklin Park
    1201 S. Puget Sound Ave., Tacoma WA 98405
  • Portland Avenue Park
    3513 Portland Ave., Tacoma WA 98404
  • South Park
    4851 S. 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
    6th Ave., Tacoma WA 98465

At Colburn Park, the Fife Parks Department offers a free, drop-in playground program June 26 through Aug. 17, from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Free lunches will be available Monday through Thursday only from noon to 1 p.m., and free snacks will be offered between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., except on Independence Day,.

  • Colburn Park (Fife)
    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:, 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:

  1. Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
  2. Fax: (202) 690-7442
  3. Email:

Additional free meal sites may be available throughout Tacoma as provided by organizations other than Metro Parks Tacoma.

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