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Summer Meals for Kids

 

Free Meals for Kids Mobile App!

Only a click away, the Free Meals for Kids mobile app will help families and kids find free meals at schools and other sites across Minnesota during school closures. 

How it works: 

  1. Download the Free Meals for Kids app to your cell phone. 
  2. Use the app to find the nearest site providing meals and meal packs by GPS. 
  3. Click on the nearby site and use the Meals Updates tab for more details. 
  4. Share the app with friends, neighbors, and social media. 

Free Meals for Kids can be downloaded at Apple or Google Play app stores. There are free meal sites across the state at schools, bus stops, libraries, community centers, and parks. The app provides location, directions to the site, and hours and days of distribution. More sites are added daily.

For more information: www.hungerimpactpartners.org

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The Minnesota Department of Human Services is now offering additional funds for the families of children ages 5 to 18 who qualify for free and reduced-price meals. This new program, called Pandemic EBT (P-EBT), will provide $325 per child that families can use to purchase nutritious food for their household. Families with children who received free or reduced-price meals at school, and who were between the ages of 5 and 18 on September 1, 2019, may qualify. Benefits are available to two groups: 

  • Families receiving Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits on March 18, 2020. Benefits for these families were issued automatically and appeared on their EBT balance on May 30, 2020. These families do not need to take any further action.
  • Families receiving free or reduced-price school meals, but not SNAP or MFIP benefits. These families need to fill out a short application for a P-EBT card. Families can apply between June 8, 2020, and June 30, 2020. If approved, families will receive a P-EBT card in the mail, which will arrive with the funds preloaded.

Families in need of assistance accessing or using their P-EBT benefits are urged to contact the P-EBT Hotline at 651-431-4050 or 800-657-3698. 

If your family or someone you know needs additional ongoing assistance accessing healthy foods, please contact your local tribal or county human services office, visit ApplyMN, or call the Minnesota Food HelpLine at 888-711-1151.

 

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Summer Food Service Programs Announced

USDA summer meals program provides nutritious, free meals across Minnesota

ROSEVILLE, MN – Starting July 1, 2020, Minnesota schools and community organizations will transition to the traditional United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program to provide nutritious, free meals to children under the age of 18. For families who depend on school meals to nourish their children during the school year, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) helps close the nutrition gap and supports academic achievement by providing access to healthy meals so students can return in the fall ready to learn.

In March, schools and community organizations began the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) under emergency guidelines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Between March 18 and June 10, more than 22 million meals were provided through the program.

“With new economic hardships due to the pandemic, more Minnesota families than ever need access to nutritious, free meals during the summer months,” said Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker. “The quick work our schools did this spring to create a meal delivery or pick-up program for our students during these uncertain times was incredible. It is critical we build off our momentum to meet the nutritional needs of our students throughout the summer.”

New this summer, SFSP sites will be able to provide meals for pick-up through August 31. Typically, meals must be consumed at the serving location. Each site will have different pick-up and serving options. However, all sites will meet health guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Minnesota Department of Health.

Find summer meal sites by using these resources:

  • Download the free Free Meals for Kids app in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store or visit the Hunger Impact Partners website. This mobile app shows Minnesota kids where they can find free meals this summer. Information about the app is also available in HmongOromoRussianSomali and Spanish.
  • Call the Minnesota Food HelpLine at 1-888-711-1151 Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Call the 2-1-1 Hotline, or, from your mobile phone in the Twin Cities metro area, call 651-291-0211. In greater Minnesota, call 1-800-543-7709, or TTY at 651-291-8440.
  • After July 6, 2020, families can text "food" to 877-877 to find the location providing meals near them in English or text “comida” to 877-877 to receive the information in Spanish.
  • After July 6, 2020 families can use the Summer Meal Site Locator tool released by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service. The Summer Meal Site Locator is also available in Spanish.
  • View the SFSP Participation Report to find a list of all Summer Food sites.
  • To learn more, please visit the Summer Food Service Program website or contact MDE Food and Nutrition Services (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or call at 651-582-8526 or 1-800-366-8922 (toll-free).

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. View USDA’s nondiscrimination statement.

Contact Wendy Hatch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 651-582-8717 with any questions.

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