Not only are the meals free, so is the bus ride to and from Highland Complex

    The Eat United program which provides FREE summer meals to ALL youth ages 0-18 Monday through Thursday at the Lion’s Shelter at Highland Park Complex is looking for your help at spreading the word. Attendance on the T.H.E. Bus is down and United Way director Katya Zepeda, who recently did a program visit with Eat United, wants to remind youth and their parents that Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. provides FREE transportation to the meals.

    Currently, there’s an average of 15 kids that board the bus to Highland Park Complex for the lunchtime meals, but there’s room for more. T.H.E. Bus makes 12 stops throughout Crookston and drops kids off at Highland Park Complex at 11:45 a.m. They’re picked up again at 12:45 p.m. and brought back to the stop they were picked up at.

    Stops include (approximate time):

    • Aunt Em’s Daycare @ 10:55 a.m.
    • Marshall Street and 5th Avenue South @ 11
    • Twin Drive Apartments @11:04
    • Washington Avenue and State Street @11:08
    • Spendley Street and South Ash Street @11:12
    • Crookston Public Library @11:16
    • Wilcken Avenue and Stuart Avenue @11:20
    • Schuster Park (Memorial Park & Locken Blvd) @11:24
    • North Front Street and 8th Street @ 11:28
    • Widman Lane and Johnson Place @11:32
    • 5 Way Stop (North Broadway & Stearns Street) @11:36
    • Eickhof Blvd and Walsh Street @ 11:40

    “The United Way does these program visits because we want to be more involved and see if there’s something we can do to help increase the numbers of people that take advantage of it,” explained Zepeda. “The Eat United program has been successful because of three things: good food, transportation and location.”

    “Having the free summer meals at Highland Park Complex allows kids to be close to activities, too,” she added. “United Way loves to invest in programs that are collaborative like this one with Tri-Valley, the public schools, the foster grandparent program (volunteers) and more.”

    The Eat United free summer meal program runs through August 10 weekly Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Adults ages 19 and up can also purchase a lunch for $4.

    For more information on the bus route, contact T.H.E. Bus at 281-0700. Questions about free summer meals? Contact Anna Brekken at 281-5313 ext 7 or email