Every child in Minnesota deserves an awesome summer, but many go hungry after school lets out.
In PRISM’s service area, there are over 7,000 children on free-and-reduced meal programs at school, which provide them with a healthy breakfast and lunch each weekday. During the summer, these children are not getting these meals.
Families that already struggle to make ends meet during the school year face additional strain during the summer…and too many kids don’t get the food they need to be healthy and grow.
With help from the community, we respond to this need through our Campaign Against Summer Hunger, which includes these activities:
Marketplace Food Shelf
In the summer months we experience a 25% increase in the number of families accessing our Marketplace Food Shelf. Summer visitors are provided with approximately one week of free groceries and significantly more fresh produce than they would receive during non-summer months.
Summer Food Bags
Families visiting our Marketplace Food Shelf who have school-aged children are given 20-25 additional pantry staples and kid-friendly foods.
PRISM administers SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits at the Golden Valley and New Hope farmers markets. This program increases access to healthy food for low-income people who rely on SNAP to feed their families. PRISM will also continue to receive the excess produce generously donated at the end of each day’s market. The Golden Valley farmers market is located at 7800 Golden Valley Road (under the water tower), and is open on Sundays from 9am to 1pm from June 18 - October 1. The New Hope farmers market is located at 4401 Xylon Ave. N., and is open on Saturdays from 7am to 12pm from June 17 - September 2, and 9am - 1pm from September 2 - October 9.
Free Produce Distributions
PRISM staff and volunteers will be located at Elim Lutheran Church (3978 W Broadway Ave, Robbinsdale) to distribute free, fresh produce. Distributions will occur between 11:30am and 1:30pm on July 18, August 1, August 15, September 5, September 19, and October 3. This program is open to the public, and PRISM expects to serve more than 300 families during each distribution. Participants will complete a same-day registration form at the distribution, no appointments or prior registration is necessary.