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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Joseph Lee Rettke

MORGAN ZIMMERMAN fires a shot just under the crossbar for her first goal of the season in Big Lake’s 8-0 win over Spectrum.

BIG LAKE HORNETS VOLLEYBALL. The Hornets won one and lost one this week. Pictured above, Caitlin Deuel jumps for the ball. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

SOPHOMORE KARLEIGH JOHNSON won her first conference match for the Big Lake Hornets varsity tennis team. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

RAYMOND CISNEROS (10) scored five goals and Grant Vickerman (11) had three in Big Lake’s three wins last week. (Photo by Ken Francis.)