Great Plains Food Bank program provides free meals for children in North Dakota
FARGO – More than 33,000 children in North Dakota depend on free or discounted meal programs to eat during the school year. But these programs shut down during the summer months, and those thousands of students need some other help finding food.
The Great Plains Food Bank’s Summer Youth Meal Program is offering free meals to food insecure children this summer when they do not have access to these school year meals. The program, which has been in existence since 2013, served 6,700 meals last year.
It offers either lunches or dinners one to six days a week depending on location, and it’s now based in eight locations across North Dakota, including two in West Fargo, five in Jamestown, and one in Enderlin.
“We will always remain engaged in the fight to end child hunger,” said program director Nancy Carriveau. “Our summer youth meal program as well as our backpack program and our school pantry program are integral to our ability to provide the necessary food assistance to the 38 percent of the people who turn around each day. years back to the Great Plains Food Bank who are kids. We are grateful to all the Champions in each community who are hosting a Youth Summer Meal Site this year and helping us do everything we can to ensure that no child goes hungry.
Until August 10, kids can get free meals at West Fargo from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday at Southside Park and 5:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Monday at Meadowridge Park.
In Jamestown, meals are available from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm Monday to Saturday, hours and days of the week varying depending on the five locations: Nickeus Park; Leapaldt Park; Arts Park; Deux Rivières Activity Center; and the extension of Stutsman County. In Enderlin, meals are served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at First Lutheran Church until August 27.
More information is available on the Great Plains Food Bank website.
Youth Summer Meals is one of three food bank programs focused on child nutrition. The Backpack program sends kids home for the weekend with a backpack containing milk, juice, snacks and food for three weekend meals during the school year, and the School Pantry program offers nutritious meals from a pantry in schools, libraries or parks.