Partner in Fighting Hunger
For most children and teens the summer months are a time for fun and freedom. But for thousands of young people in Minnesota, many are concerned about where they’ll get their next meal. Through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), meal sites throughout the state provide more than 3 million meals to children during the summer.
But there are two significant barriers to accessing these meals – transportation and awareness. Knowing this, Second Harvest Heartland is partnering with Metro Transit for the first time to promote free summer meals available at sites that are accessible along public transportation routes.
Through the partnership, Metro Transit will be promoting meal sites through summer student pass sales and Second Harvest Heartland will also be distributing student passes to a key partner to help reach more teens.
“It provides students with transportation barriers an easy way to get to meal sites in their area. And, it helps spread the word about free summer meals to students who might not otherwise know about the program, especially teens, a notoriously hard-to-reach group,” shared Rebecca Mino, Nutrition Navigator, Child Hunger Programs team.
Free summer meals are availble to kids and teens 18 and younger, all over Minnesota. To find a free meal site near you visit 2harvest.org/summerfood.