New Mobile Food Unit Filling the Gaps of Summer Child Feeding Programs
When school is out for the summer, one in six children in our community is at risk of hunger. But with the help from the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Minneapolis Public School District, kids in our community now have easier access to free, fresh and wholesome meals this summer through a new mobile food unit.
The mobile unit, created by the Minneapolis Public School District with help from a $25,000 grant from Second Harvest Heartland, provides meals to children living in high-need areas Monday through Friday during the summer. Since more than 65 percent of students attending Minneapolis Public Schools qualified for free or reduced-priced lunches in 2012, this mobile food unit is an exciting addition to the expanding SFSP program.
“Kids have an opportunity to get a meal during the summer which otherwise they might not be able to get any meals,” says Bertrand Weber, director, Culinary and Nutrition Services at Minneapolis Public Schools.
The Minneapolis Public School District hopes to change the mobile unit’s route in the future to accommodate shifting demographics, need and supply, and thus become an integral way to fill the gaps of Minneapolis’ summer child feeding program.
Sincere thanks to the Minneapolis Public School District for its innovative approach to help provide growing kids with the nutrition they need to live full, healthy lives!