Summer Meals Program

In our area, 45-67 percent of students receive free or reduced lunch during the school year. This program is a huge help to parents who are struggling to make ends meet. The Food Shelf at Neighbors always sees increased use in the summer when the kids are not getting fed in school.

The Summer Meal Program is one way to help meet this need! Kids can get free breakfast and lunch in the school settings where they are already comfortable. Many of the sites in our area are considered “open sites,” meaning that it doesn’t matter if you even attend school at that location. If you are 18 years old or younger, you can come eat. A complete list of school times and locations will be available soon.

The Summer Meals Program is a partnership between the USDA, ISD #197, Special District #6 and Neighbors. The USDA provides the food, the schools provide an expert cafeteria staff person at each site, and Neighbors provides volunteers!

Want to volunteer?

Love working with kids? Passionate about hunger relief? Just need to get out of the house this summer? Help with Neighbors’ Summer Meal Program! Volunteers are needed to serve meals, wash down tables and help with food prep for breakfast and lunch shifts at Henry Sibley High School, Moreland Arts & Health Sciences Magnet School, Garlough Environmental Magnet School, South St. Paul Secondary School, Kaposia Education Center and Lincoln Center Elementary School. Each school will have a skilled and friendly cafeteria staff worker to train you on whatever task they need help with. It’s easy and fun!

Your school or workplace can adopt a school for a week, or you can just pick shifts as they fit your schedule. This is a great opportunity to spend time with a grandchild, work with a friend, or assemble a team of coworkers to do a team-building project. Or just volunteer on your own—some of the schools need just one person to help—you could be the one to make a difference!

Youth aged 14 and up may volunteer without an adult accompanying them (but will need to have a completed parent/guardian permission form on file with Neighbors—the sign-up form below will include that if you need it).  Children aged 10-13 may volunteer with a parent or guardian accompanying them.

A quick note on dress code: the schools require that volunteers wear closed-toed shoes and hair restraints. Volunteers may bring their own hat to wear, or the school will provide hairnets.

Existing volunteers can go here to login and sign up for shifts.  Click the “My Schedule” tab to view openings and sign up.  You can also reset your password if you do not remember it.  If you are new (welcome!), you will need to set up a new account here.  If you are a group leader, make sure to select the group leader option.  If you are planning to volunteer as a group, make sure to book slots (you don’t need names) for each person.  Please contact Scott at or 651-306-2153 with any questions.