On June 30th, 2022, the COVID government assistance for all U.S. schools to offer free school meals for all kids expired. This means that most schools will now go back to how they were before COVID, and families in need will need to apply for free school meals for their children as before.
In the meantime, during the summer, many kids are without the breakfasts and lunches they got at school.
Here are some ways to find free summer meal programs in the Twin Cities.
Hunger Solutions has the best resource for finding free kids meals in Minnesota. They have an interactive map showing both schools and restaurants offering free meals. (Meals are available to all kids.)
Every Meal is launching a free summer meal program on July 29, 2022. Anyone can pick up a free shelf-stable bag of food at community locations. It will be available from July 29, 2022 – September 5, 2022
USDA Mapping Tool – Nutritious free meals are available for children and teens 18 and younger at many locations throughout the nation throughout the summer while school is out of session.
Minneapolis Public Schools is distributing free food to all kids age 18 and under. Kids don’t have to be in the Minneapolis school district!
St. Paul Public Schools also has a Free Summer Meals Program.
Check with your local school district for free meal options.
Also see my list of 5 Reasons to Pick Up the Free Food from your Child’s School District.
Need additional help for your family? NO one should be hungry – here are more resources: