Summertime is a great time to be a kid. Time spent playing in the park and swimming at the local pool are all hallmarks of childhood, but for those children who depend on school meal programs for nutritious meals, summer can be a time of worry.
To help reduce that worry and to ensure that all children in Saint Paul have access to healthy, nutritious food during the summer months, the Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department has once again partnered with Saint Paul Public Schools Nutrition Services to provide Saint Paul youth with free summer meals at various recreation centers across the city. Last year, the program served more than 80,000 meals and this year, thanks in part to a generous grant from Second Harvest Heartland, the program is poised to serve even more.
The healthy and nutritious meals are served Monday through Friday and are available to all Saint Paul youth ages 18 and younger. Preregistration is not required to participate in the program. To receive a free meal, youth simply visit one of the more than 20 participating recreation centers or five participating libraries during the scheduled serving times. A complete list of participating recreation centers and libraries, along with serving times, can be found here.
In addition to providing free meals, the Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department also offers many programs and activities scheduled around the meal times, including: urban tennis, summer blast day-camps and much more. For more information regarding summer Parks and Recreation programming please visit www.stpaul.gov/parks or contact 651-292-6508.
The summer meal program helps to eliminate some of the stress of summertime and allows Saint Paul’s youth to focus on the really important issues of summer, like which one of Saint Paul’s 170 parks to visit next.
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