ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — One in seven youngsters in Minnesota faces starvation. Now there’s an effort to ensure no little one goes hungry through the summer season months.
Second Harvest Heartland is partnering with faculty districts and nonprofit organizations throughout the state to make sure summertime is just not a hungry time for teenagers.
Summer time is when youngsters ought to concentrate on being youngsters and never be involved about the place their subsequent meal is coming from.
That’s why the “Greater than a Meal” summer season meals service program is preserving youngsters fed and thriving within the sizzling summer season months.
“Greater than 40% of scholars in kindergarten via highschool are eligible totally free and diminished worth lunch in school,” stated JoAnna Lund. “Free and diminished worth breakfast, lunch, meals all through the day. So when faculty is just not in session, this summer season meals program helps to fill that hole.”
When there isn’t any faculty which means no faculty breakfast, lunch or snack and for some faculty aged youngsters, these meals in school could also be all they eat for the day.
That’s why there are 1,300 free summer season meal websites to satisfy that want throughout the state, together with one on the Salvation Military on Payne Avenue in St. Paul.
“We serve lots of people in an hour, particularly on our well-known taco Tuesday, we serve as much as 300 individuals,” stated Lorri Brown.
Free snacks and sizzling meals can be found for teenagers 18 and underneath. No want to enroll, simply discover one of many areas and seize some meals.
“We comply with it round and discover out the place it’s going to be and the place we’re going to be. The youngsters find it irresistible, it’s good. It’s good to have sizzling lunch,” stated Anna Buress.
For folks on the go, this program supplies a sizzling meal after swimming classes or hanging out within the park. It additionally encourages younger individuals to get outdoors.
“It additionally brings us to the parks and locations the place it’s at, too, in order that’s enjoyable. Get out and be in these locations,” Buress stated.
The Extra Than a Meal summer season meals program is concentrated on the entire little one, ensuring starvation doesn’t cease summer season enjoyable.
Second Harvest Heartland, YES Community and Minneapolis Public Colleges are only a few of the companions working collectively to ensure no little one goes hungry this summer season.