Find Meals for School-Aged Youth This Summer

Many school-age children depend on school breakfasts and lunches to fulfill their nutritional needs. When school is out it can be hard for those students to get enough to eat.

The USDA’s Summer Food Service Program seeks to combat this issue by providing free meals to children under 18 at certain sites throughout the summer. However, students don’t always know how or where to find these meals. Range is an app that seeks to combat hunger by connecting kids in need to free meal sites in the summer. The Range app is free to download, and can also help students find other resources in their community. If you know someone who needs free meals in these final weeks of summer, tell them about the Range app! For more ways to help students connect to free meal resources, check out this article.

This is an issue that’s close to our hearts, since one of our main focuses is helping low-income families meet their basic needs. One way we address this issue is by supporting local Boys & Girls Clubs through community impact grants. Boys & Girls Clubs in Coleraine, Deer River, and Grand Rapids provide meals to students outside of school, as well as educational support, mentoring, and a safe place to spend their time. To learn more, visit Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids and Greenway or Boys and Girls Club of the Leech Lake Area.