During the school year, more than 375,000 children in Minnesota receive free or reduced lunch. Children’s Minnesota wanted to bridge the gap in nutrition between school years by participating in a summer food program that provides lunches free of charge to kids and teens.
Children’s public policy director Kelly Wolfe joined WCCO’s Kylie Bearse [WATCH] on Tuesday morning to talk about the federally funded Summer Food Service Program, which operates outside at our Minneapolis campus (2525 Chicago Ave. S.) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday through Aug. 26. Kids and teens ages 18 and younger, along with 19-year-olds with disabilities, are eligible to receive lunch at no cost. Meals are available for the first 60 kids and teens to arrive each day and must be eaten onsite. Kids don’t need to be Children’s patients.
Summer is a time for kids to relax and have fun with their friends, not go hungry. But the season can be a challenging and stressful time without healthy food options, making for a long three months. We strive to be every families essential partner in raising healthier children, and saw a need for healthy, affordable food outside of school months.
Also, on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. through September, Urban Ventures mobile market will be onsite to hand out fresh bundles of produce. Each bundle of fresh produce is $5.