It's a sad but true fact that many public school children get their one and only decent meal during the school day. But what about summertime? What then?
A couple of local organizations provide free summer meals to persons 18 years of age and younger, at sites all around the Twin Cities.
Second Harvest Heartland provides a handy interactive map that allows you to key in an address and find meal sites near your home. Many of the meal sites are rec centers or parks. A standard lunch is likely to include a sandwich, fruit, veggie, and milk.
Meals are also available in the city of St. Paul at rec centers and twice daily at Phalen beach, between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
No documents or paperwork are required to receive a meal, and there are hundreds of meal sites across the state. Any child is welcome to show up and eat a free meal.
For addresses and information about the sites: