Summer. What some Minnesotans and Wisconsinites consider a 3 month holiday.
But while some count down the days to summer, others count down the days to school in the fall. Specifically, those children who no longer have access to free or reduced lunches through their school.
In Family Pathways’ service area, 36.38% of students are eligible for free or reduced lunch. In some counties, such as Mille Lacs, 50% of their students qualify for this program. So, if these kids are no longer in school, where do their meals come from?
During the summer months, parents or guardians who visit their local Family Pathways Food Shelf will receive additional food for each child they have at home (ages kindergarten through grade 12). Parents and guardians just look for the 100% SUPER! summer food signs (shown at left) throughout the food shelf. Check here for the Family Pathways food shelf location near you.
Free summer meals are also available at a variety of locations for children and teens (18 and younger). Follow this link to find a site near you. Simply plug in a zip code and find local sites hosting summer meals.
Sources: Minnesota Public Health Data Access; Minnesota Report Card; Wisconsin Department of Public Education