Summer Food Program

Minot, N.D. — Souris Valley United Way, Minot Public Schools, and Minot Public School Foundation announce the launch of a Summer Food Program for children 18 and under.   We are excited to offer a summer food program to improve the health and well-being of our community.” Ivy Thorson, MPS Food Service Director. “Good nutrition is key to the optimal growth and development of children.”
Children will receive a free healthy lunch starting June 15th- August 14th at Oak Park, Shelter #9 by the Splash Pad.  Adults may purchase a meal for $3.00.  The program will run Monday through Friday during the summer break from 11:30 am to Noon.  Each healthy meal will follow the USDA Summer Food Service Program requirements. Contact MPS Nutrition Services at 701-857-8728 for additional information.
Souris Valley United Way donated $2,000 and Minot Public School Foundation donated $1,000 to pay for the start-up costs of this program.  Special thanks to the Minot Park District for donation of shelter space.
“Summer is a critical time for children’s academic and physical well-being,   Patricia Smith, Executive Director Souris Valley United Way.  “This program will be an important source of nutrition for the youth in our community.”
“It is our Foundation’s mission to support the children in our community; we are excited to be a part of this new program that will provide children a healthy meal during the summer break.” Brittney Hogan, Executive Director, Minot Public School Foundation.
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About the Souris Valley United Way
SVUW has supported the local community since 1930.  Our focus is to help people by recruiting individuals and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done.  Each year community volunteers assist with the distribution of grant funds which totals over $14 million to date.
About the Minot Public School Foundation 
The Minot Public School Foundation’s mission is to preserve, promote, and enhance the quality of education of the Minot Public School District. We have been a funding partner with Minot Public Schools since 1994. One of our major programs is our Foundation Enrichment Grants which allow our educators opportunities to apply for funding for special enrichment activities.
About MPS Nutrition Services
MPS Nutrition Services is committed to providing good nutrition to our students.  We are part of the National School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs.  This year we have nine schools participating in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.  It is our children for whom our program was established, they are our most important ingredient!
NEWS RELEASE                                                    
Release June 03 at Press Conference
         at MPS Administration Building
Date:  June 01, 2015