Summer Meals Program Through YMCA Begin

DULUTH, Minn. — A food service program, through the Duluth YMCA, offering free nutritious snacks and meals to kids 18 and under, is now underway in the Northland.

The idea is to continue providing healthy options to kids when they are not in school for the summer.

After serving over 100,000 meals last year, Food Access Director Jacob Sass, is looking forward to growing that number this year.

“We’re just really excited to be able to continue this work for the summer when kids are out of school and able to provide them fresh and healthy meals at no cost,” Sass said.

Not only are kids benefitting from the program, but it is also helping parents who have had to adapt their work schedules during the pandemic.

“A lot of parents right now are working, they might’ve picked up new jobsĀ  after the pandemic so they’re working different hours than before so having a place that one can provide child care but also a healthy, nutritious meal is so important for them,” Sass said.

The Harbor Highlands Community Center offers these free meals Monday through Friday from now through September 3rd, starting at noon and offer snack pick-up’s at 2:30. They also offer grab and go bags Fridays from 4:00-5:30 pm.

Other locations offering these free food access as well are at the Gary New Duluth Recreation Center, the Duluth YMCA and the YMCA at the Essentia Wellness Center.

For more information on the other pick-up sites, click here.

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