Breakfast and lunch free for school age children

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Staff Writer
Jennifer Edwards
The children of Big Lake need not go hungry this summer. 
Even though school is out, students and younger children can still eat breakfast and lunch for free at Independence School on Minnesota Avenue Monday through Thursday from now until the end of August.
The summer lunch program has been made possible by a federal grant because so many children qualify for free and reduced lunch when school is in session.
“Summer can be a very hard time for families with young children,” said Food Shelf Director Amy Robinson.
In 2012, more than 554,000 Minnesotans in received federal food assistance, which is one out of every 10 people in the state. 
Of those, one third were children. The total number of households served in 2013 by the BLCFS was 2315; up 2% from 2012 numbers of 2272.
The food shelf is collecting additional donations for child-friendly snacks and foods which can help fill the gap over the summer for families who may struggle to put groceries on the table. 
Several local churches , including Saron Lutheran Church on Lake Street South and the Big Lake Chamber of Commerce are helping provide funds to meet the need.
Contact the Big Lake Area Community Food Shelf online at www.biglakefoodshelf.org for more information on how to make a donation, volunteer or receive services.

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George I. Florek

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