MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — When classes end for the school year many children lose access to healthy meals — that’s why the effort to offer free summer meals is growing.
Across the state, schools and recreation centers are opening their kitchens to feed children who would otherwise miss meals. They’re helping kids get a free breakfast, lunch and dinner all summer long.
It takes food to fuel the body, especially young, energetic ones. But when school closes, familiesstruggling to get dinner on the table are face an even bigger demand for food — one they can’t meet.
“Unfortunately we do hear that from parents, but also from our students that they don’t have meals at home,” said Stacy Koppen of St. Paul Nutrition Services. “That is why we have this mission, and we are dedicated to ensuring that during summer months, that we’ve closed that gap.”
In St. Paul and Minneapolis, the school district and the Parks and Recreation Department team up to offer free summer meals to students, no questions asked. The program is funded by the USDA.