Highland Park site averages 120 meals a day during first week

    Although the weather wreaked some havoc with the first week of the “Eat United” Summer Food Service program in Crookston, a partnership between the United Way of Crookston, the Crookston School District and USDA, the district’s food services director says she’s encouraged by the start of the 2018 program.

    At the Lions Picnic Shelter in Highland Park, an average of 104 meals were served each day, with Wednesday’s 165 meals served the high mark for the week, Anna Brekken reports.

    The second meal site added this summer, in the Woods Addition’s Wildwood Park, got off to a bit of a slow start, with an average of 20 meals served per day. The Woods Addition area has been identified as a high-need area that could potentially have a major impact.

    “We are excited to watch it grow there,” Brekken said.

    The program offers a free meal to anyone 18 years of age and younger, and a meal for $4 for those older than age 18. Meals are served Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with Aug. 9 the last day of the 2018 program. The program will not be offered during Fourth of July week. Tri-Valley Opportunity Council’s T.H.E. Bus has a route schedule and offers free transportation to and from the meal sites. For more information on the bus route and schedule, call 281-0700.