ROSEVILLE, Minn. (June 10, 2015) – Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) will roll out its new food truck to serve up free meals and books to children 18 and younger during a Summer Food Service Program Kick-Off event on Thursday, June 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Arlington Hills Community Center, 1200 Payne Ave., St. Paul.
During the “Lunch and Literacy” event, SPPS, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) aim to raise awareness about the summer meals program. Many Minnesota families depend on the free or reduced-price meals their children eat at school during the school year. When school is out, the USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) bridges the “nutrition gap.”
Connecting students with nutritious meals during the summer months is one of the many ways Minnesota is working to ensure kids are supported year-round. In 2014, nearly 700 SFSP sites served 2.4 million meals to children 18 and younger.
SPPS, MDE, the USDA and community partners are all working to increase participation by raising the visibility of the program through events and, in Saint Paul’s case, by the innovative use of a food truck.
WHAT: Summer Food Service Program Kick-Off event, “Lunch and Literacy.”
WHEN: Thursday, June 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHO: SPPS, MDE and USDA representatives will help pass out meals and books.
WHERE: Arlington Hills Community Center, 1200 Payne Ave., St. Paul.