MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities announced Tuesday they will begin offering free weekly meal packages to kids and their families due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many kids rely on school lunches for daily meals and are now faced with food insecurities proceeding Gov. Walz executive order to close all schools in the state.READ MORE: 8 Great Danes Rescued From Minivan In Western Minnesota: 'The Worst We've Seen In A Long Time'
The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities say they are providing families with nutritious family-style meals, on-the-go educational materials and access to additional community resources. The resources are intended to help caregivers as well as children.READ MORE: 84-Year-Old Wisconsin Woman Found Safe After Authorities Ask For Public's Help
The implementation of this expanded meal program follows a significant financial contribution announced last Friday by the Minnesota Vikings and the Wilf Family Foundations. The Boys and Girls Club has also received donations from Kowalski’s Markets, Cub Foods, Minnesota Timberwolves Head Coach Ryan Saunders and wife Hayley, MATTERbox Snack Packs, and Papa John’s Pizza.
In the first week of the expanded meal program, seven club locations across the Twin Cities are positioned to serve 13,200 dinner meals to 660 families, with the number served expected to increase in future weeks. Boxes of pre-sorted meal components will be distributed at club locations, with each box containing enough food to provide five dinners for a family of four. Households with more than four members will receive additional boxes.MORE NEWS: In Sartell, Beloved 'Grandpa Kevin' Is Sharing Life Lessons To Elementary School Students
For more information, visit www.boysandgirls.org.