Minnesota School Nutrition Professionals Support Summer Meals for Students

By  •  June 21, 2017 at 11:32 am

Minnesota School Nutrition Association (MSNA), a non-profit association of school foodservice professionals across the state, support efforts to maintain local students’ access to healthy meals while school is out over the summer months. Minnesota’s Summer Food Service program provides free, nutritious meals to children 18 and younger in multiple locations across the state.

Supported by schools and local camps, churches, community group and other sites, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), Food and Nutrition Service. MSNA members work in school cafeterias across the state during the school year to ensure students have nutritious school meals through programs including the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. Many schools provide meals for the summer program and serve students in their communities on-site as well as in alternate locations.

To find local Summer Food Service sites in the state of Minnesota, https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks.

The National Hunger Hotline, 1-866-3-HUNGRY, operated by WhyHunger, is a toll-free phone number available to people in need of food assistance. Families can also call the National Hunger Hotline to find summer meal sites in their communities.