Through July 20, children 18 years old and younger can eat for free at Roseville Area Schools buildings except Brimhall Elementary School, which is closed for the summer, and Harambee Elementary School, which is in session year-round. The USDA Summer Food Program helps school districts provide free meals for children from low-income families to keep them healthy even when school is not in session. To learn more about the program’s impact in the Roseville Area Schools district, Dan Solomon, Sen. Al Franken’s field representative, visited Parkview Center School to see—and taste—the results.
The school district serves thousands of children every day. Even children who live in the community but do not attend Roseville Area Schools can get a free meal thanks to the Summer Food Program. Mr. Solomon talked with Parkview nutrition managers and the district’s nutrition services supervisor, Angie Richey. The staff shared how they use the summer program within Roseville Area Schools, including the details of meal production, decisions about the menu, and finding nutritious ingredients. Mr. Solomon also had the chance to taste test the cafeteria food at Parkview and sit with some of the students during lunchtime.