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Where to get free meals for kids this summer

Kids can get free meals at Phalen Beach and other sites all over the cities during summer.

Kids can get free meals at Phalen Beach and other sites all over the cities during summer. Facebook

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: 

Recreation Center and Phalen Beach Serving Times

Second Harvest Heartland Meal Sites and Times