Making sure children don't miss meals this summer

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - Schools in Rapid City are ready to break for the summer, and while some students are excited about the break, others may be worried where their next meal is coming from.

Programs made possible by Rapid City Collective Impact, Feeding South Dakota and Rapid City Area Schools are ensuring that kids can still get a nutritious meal.

There are 10 sites throughout Rapid City where anyone younger than 18 can get a free breakfast and lunch. Many of the sites offer meals for a small fee as well.

"The summer feeding sites are extremely important to the community," said Mary Corbine with Feeding South Dakota, "There is quite a need for kids to have meals throughout the summer, and this helps with that."

New to the program this year is the implementation of a food truck by the Rapid City Area Schools. The truck will be available to serve the food deserts in Rapid City.

"It's been done in a lot of cities across the nation. It hasn't been done in South Dakota to a large extent," said Janelle Peterson, student nutrition manager with Rapid City Area Schools, "The ability to take food to where our kids are is huge."

The food truck is expected to be up and running on June 13. Currently, the truck is being built in Florida and will need to be wrapped when it finally arrives in Rapid City.

For details on the Summer Meal Program you can call the Helpline Center at 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898-211