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ROSEMOUNT, Minn. – Free meals will be available for all children June 18-Aug. 9 at Echo Park, Oak Ridge and Southview elementary schools in District 196. Children do not need to attend one of these schools or any District 196 school to receive the free summer meals and there is no income eligibility requirement. All children ages 18 and under who show up during serving times will receive a free meal.

Lunch will be served Monday through Friday, June 18-Aug. 9, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Echo Park and Southview, and from noon to 1 p.m. at Oak Ridge. Breakfast will also be available at all three sites July 23-Aug. 9 when Camp Propel summer school is in session. Breakfast serving times will be 8 to 8:30 a.m. at Echo Park and Southview, and 9 to 9:30 a.m. at Oak Ridge. Adults may also eat during these times; the cost is $2.25 for breakfast and $4 for lunch (cash only).

Echo Park and Oak Ridge qualify for Summer Food Service Program funding from the USDA based on the percentage of students at these schools who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals. Southview is an alternate site this year due to construction at Cedar Park Elementary STEM School. The goal of the program is to help as many children as possible get the nutritious meals they need during the summer when they are not attending school.

Hunger Impact Partners, a nonprofit organization working with the Minnesota Department of Education, has developed an app listing all of the free summer meal locations in Minnesota. Users can download the free app via the app store on their smartphone by searching “Summer Eats Minnesota.”

Echo Park Elementary School of Leadership, Engineering and Technology is located at 14100 County Road 11 in Burnsville; Oak Ridge Elementary School of Leadership, Environmental and Health Sciences is located at 4350 Johnny Cake Ridge Road in Eagan, and Southview Elementary School is located at 1025 Whitney Dr. in Apple Valley.

For more information about the free summer meals program, call the district’s Food and Nutrition Services Department at 651-683-6957.

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