KALISPELL – Gov. Steve Bullock kicked off the Summer Food Service Program during a recent visit to Kalispell.
The governor highlighted the importance of public-private partnerships in helping to ensure that Montana kids get the nutrition they need during the summertime and all year round.
The Summer Food Service Program is a federal nutrition program, administered by the Office of Public Instruction, where kids and teens ages 18 and younger can go to a site, eat a quality meal, and participate in fun activities at no cost.
Thanks to a grant from Montana No Kid Hungry, Kalispell launched a Summer Food Truck this year to serve summer meals at six additional locations.
The new mobile truck will allow the program to reach even more children in the community who may not have a means of transportation to get to a stationary meal site.
"It’s important to me in part because childhood hunger is a solvable issue. It’s something about 1-in-6 of our kids in Montana struggle with food insecurity. We do pretty good during the school year but during the summer often they have nowhere to turn," Gov. Bullock said.
Click here to learn more about the Summer Food Service Program.