Summer Meals Initiative
A New Mobile App – Summer Eats Minnesota
Download the free app today at the Apple and Google Stores!
A free mobile app that eventually all Minnesota families can use to source meals for their children up to age 18. Powered by GPS, the app shows the nearest serving sites, their menus and days and hours of operation. Free meals are offered at a variety of locations, including parks and recreation sites, community centers and schools. We’ve made it simple so kids don’t miss a meal when they are not in school.
Most kids can’t wait until school is out for summer. But for Minnesota’s food-insecure children and teens, summer can be a time to dread, because they know they won’t have a chance to eat a subsidized breakfast or lunch at school or a supper during an out-of-school-time program. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Minnesota Department of Education, reimburses providers who serve healthy meals to children and teens in low income areas at no charge during the months when school is not in session.
In addition to the government agencies involved, sponsors actually run SFSP programs at schools, local government agencies, camps, faith-based and other non-profit community organizations that have the ability to manage a food service program. Sponsors recruit sites, provide training and technical assistance, monitor sites, report meal counts and submit reimbursement claims and conduct outreach to families. A sponsor may or may not be an actual program site that feeds and supervises kids, along with providing activities.
In Minnesota, Hunger Impact Partners estimated that the SFSP meals are consumed at rate of 15 percent, based on most recent data available. This means that kids are consuming 3 million meals, while 17.4 million more could be made available, for a potential of 20.4 million meals served. Additionally, there is a revenue opportunity of $33 million.
In partnership with the Minnesota Department of Education and sponsor partners, such as Providers Choice, we will pursue innovative ways of closing the SFSP meal gap.
Check out our Summer Meals Trend Analysis