Any child under the age of 18 years old can eat lunch at the shelter free through the Summer Food Service Program. No individual enrollment or qualification is needed and all will be welcome.

CHI Alexius Health Devils Lake Hospital and Lake Region Community Shelter are partnering with other community organizations and businesses to provide the first Summer Lunch Program in our area. Kaye Knudson, School Nutrition Program Manager for the ND Department of Public Instruction was on hand to answer questions about the federally funded project and our area’s eligibility.

Karen Nick, director at the shelter, says that of the 23 million children nationwide that receive free or reduced price lunches through the school year, only 3 million are currently being fed through the summer lunch program.

Under the federal rules of eligibility, the Lake Region Community Shelter qualifies as an open site. This means any child under the age of 18 years old can eat lunch at the shelter for free through the Summer Food Service Program. No individual enrollment or qualification is needed and all will be welcome.

Meals will be prepared by hospital cafeteria staff and then transported to the Lake Region Community Shelter site. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, starting Tuesday, May 30 and continuing through Aug. 22. All meals will be eaten on site. Meal accommodations will be made for adult caregivers who provide children transportation to the shelter. Ramsey County Extension will also be providing nutritional information and activities for the children.

Informational fliers will be sent out and a kickoff event is being planned.

Area individuals and organizations are encouraged to commit to a day of being site volunteers - one day a week, every other week, or once a month..... there are only 60 days to cover.

The next organizational meeting will be held on Thursday, May 18 - 6 p.m.  at the Lake Region Community Shelter. Contact Karen Nick with any questions at 351-5303.