Free Summer Meals Program Kicks Off at Duluth's Piedmont Elementary

Ryan Juntti
Updated: June 13, 2018 04:37 PM

DULUTH - The Duluth School District is doing their part to make sure children are fed well this summer. The annual Free Summer Meals program funded by the USDA provides nutritional meals at multiple schools throughout Duluth.

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"We love to see people, and love to feed people," said Duluth School District Dietitian & Food Service Director Pam Bowe.

Anyone is able to eat a healthy breakfast and lunch at Lester Park Elementary, Myers-Wilkins Elementary, Piedmont Elementary, Laura MacArthur Elementary, Stowe Elementary, and Denfeld High School. 

Breakfast will be served from 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM while lunch will be served from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM.

Children under the age of 18 are able to eat for free while adults who accompany their children can buy a meal for $4.

"You can bring the children, have them play for awhile, come in, wash their hands, have a nice lunch," said Bowe.

Tuesday's lunch entree was burgers, but there will be a variety of others over the summer served with fruits, vegetables, and milk.

"I think it is so great that there's food here available all summer for students when school is out," said Andrea Jang, a Duluth community member. "It's really important that this is available, so the kids don't go hungry, and that they're able to thrive and have a good summer," she said. 

Jang was at the program with her daughter for the first time, but now says she is thinking about coming every Tuesday.

"My daughter had so much fun getting out on the playground and it tests her strengths and her challenges and she learns if she wants to get up that slide, she has to climb that ladder," said Jang.

And it's people like Jang that the program is aimed at.

"It's really nice to be able to give back to the community, and to show people what our child nutrition staff does throughout the school year, and the summer," said Jang.

The Free Summer Meals program will run till August 24. Bowe says last summer there were 43,000 lunches served and approximately 16,000 breakfasts.  

There are other locations where children under the age of 18 can get a free meal while school is out this summer as well.


Ryan Juntti

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