More than 500,000 MN kids are food insecure. USDA summer meal programs offered through schools, nonprofits and camps help fill kids' nutritional needs when school's out.
Kids don't have to go without access to regular, healthy meals, thanks to federal summer meal programs. CKC Good Food works with many schools and nonprofit organizations, like Boys & Girls Clubs, in the Twin Cities to provide free summer meals to kids under 18 throughout the summer.
Here are tips, tools and resources to help you offer summer meals during this time of heightened hunger needs in your community.
CKC fights menu fatigue among distance learners with multiple menus: student favorites, grocery menus with bulk foods and suggested recipes, and a menu of alternating weeks of student favorites and grocery menus.
State and federal officials have warned social distancing guidelines will remain for some time. Food insecurity will continue to grow as the economy and jobs slowly rebound. Kids will continue to need regular meals through the summer.
In honor of School Lunch Hero Day (#SLHD), we say THANK YOU to school nutrition heroes fighting food insecurity on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response.
During COVID-19-related closures, the USDA is reimbursing schools at a higher per-meal-rate than meals served when school is in session. Don’t refer your revenues away! CKC can help you meet your scholars’ needs.
Summer can increase kids' food insecurity. MDE seeks schools and nonprofits to fill kids' nutrition gap by participating in the Seamless Summer Option and the Summer Food Service Program, respectively.