For some children, summer break is a relaxing few months of recreation and leisure.
For others, it’s a stressful time without access to healthy meals.
Poverty and limited access to food is a real problem facing many central Minnesota children. With this in mind, the St. Cloud Public Library is pleased once again to partner with the Yes Network as a site for free lunches for kids, all summer long, for the second year.
Who: All kids 18 and younger
What: Free, nutritious hot lunches
Where: Mississippi Room, St. Cloud Public Library
When: Monday-Friday through August 9, 2019, 11:30 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. The meal program runs through the same dates as Great River Regional Library’s Summer Reading Program.
Why: There are many reasons partnerships between summer lunch programs and libraries are beneficial. For further reading on this topic, see these articles from the American Library Association and the New York Times.
Last year, the library and the Yes Network served thousands of meals and were able to deliver leftover food to Anna Marie's Alliance in St. Cloud.
The Summer Food Service Program is made possible through the work of generous volunteers, who serve meals, monitor the lunch area and assist with setup and cleanup.
To learn more, call the library at 320-650-2500.
Looking for a meal site? Use these resources to find an SFSP site near you:
- Download the Summer Eats Minnesota app to your phone or device.
- Call the 2-1-1 Hotline or from cell phones – Twin Cities Metro Area: 651-291-0211, Greater Minnesota: 800-543-7709, TTY: 651-291-8440.
Call the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-Hungry or 1-877-8-HAMBRE, available from Monday through Friday, 6 a.m.-9 p.m., Central Time.
Text "Summer Meals" to 97779. Spanish speakers, text "Verano" to 97779.