End of Summer celebration
Grilling out in North Minneapolis
River of Life
Aug 27, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Loaves and Fishes, in partnership with a team of 4thDistrict Minneapolis Police officers and community residents, will be celebrating the end of a successful summer meal program in North Minneapolis. Together they will be grilling and sampling home-grown vegetables outside the River of Life dining hall (2200 Fremont Avenue North Minneapolis, MN) on Friday, August 28 from 5:30—6:30 pm. This event celebrates our partnerships, the harvest season for Loaves and Fishes new farms and the accomplishment of serving over 50,000 meals to children at breakfast, lunch and dinners around the metro through the Summer Food Service Program(SFSP). The SFSP is a federal program through the USDA and Minnesota Department of Education that encourages organizations to provide healthy meals for children who are out of school in the summer. Through the start-up of four gardens, Loaves and Fishes is now able to harvest their own vegetables to provide a portion of the fresh vegetables served to children and their accompanying family members.
“The USDA summer meals programs give communities a unique opportunity to play a lead role in combating child hunger and promoting good nutrition and positive learning activities for our young people when school is out. Community organizations like Loaves and Fishes play a vital role in the success of the summer meals program. We commend Loaves and Fishes for their creative strategies to introduce children to fresh, locally grown produce and engage community partners in supporting this important program,” said Tim English, Midwest Regional Administrator, USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
“Loaves and Fishes does a fabulous job of increasing access to nutritious meals in Minnesota through the USDA Summer Food program for children. Their growth throughout the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota has expanded from 7 locations in 2009 to 30 locations in 2015. Loaves and Fishes sets a best practice example for their use of local produce and forming of partnerships to provide nutritious meals to people who are hungry”, expressed Jeanette Johnson-Reed, Supervisor of CACFP Compliance & Assistance Minnesota Department of Education.
“We are delighted and honored to increase our programming to help combat child hunger during the summer months”, says Loaves and Fishes Executive Director Cathy Maes. “We are dedicated to providing hot healthy meals those in need – summer being one of our busiest times of the year.”