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Feb 12th

Saint Paul Public Schools to provide free summer meals at more than 70 locations

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stockvault-isolated-vegetables-142515Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) will provide free meals this summer to children 18 years old and younger, and people 19 years of age and older who have a mental or physical disability and who participate during the school year in a public or private non-profit school program for the mentally or physically disabled.

The Summer Food Service Program began June 11, 2014 at some sites and ends August 22, 2014. Meals will be available at more than 70 locations throughout the city, including community sites, park and recreation centers and schools. Meals may include breakfast, lunch, supper or a snack, depending on the site's hours of operation.

For a list of participating sites and meal service times please visit Families and children can also call United Way's 2-1-1 information line (also at 651-291-0211) or text their location to 612-516-FOOD to find meals nearby. Call 866-3-HUNGRY or 877-8-HAMBRE (for Spanish speakers) to find a free, nutritious summer meal site near you.

The Summer Food Service Program is a federal program that helps ensure that children in low-income areas continue to receive nutritious meals during school vacations. Saint Paul Public Schools has been a local sponsor for more than 25 years, providing over 375,000 meals to students each summer.

Meals will be provided in accordance with federal law and USDA policy. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

For more information about summer meals in St. Paul, call the Saint Paul Public Schools Nutrition Services Department at 651-603-4950. For more information about the Summer Food Service Program, visit

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