Several agencies encourage kids to take part in free summer meals

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Thousands of meals are missed every single day in Rapid City, that's why Rapid City Collective Impact and its community partners are working to reduce that number by encouraging children to take advantage of summer food programs.

More than a dozen sites in Rapid City serve lunch to kids ages 1 to 18 for free during the summer and many of those sites also serve breakfast.
The student nutrition manager with the Rapid City Area School District says the free summer meals for kids are underutilized, so it's important to get the word out that everyone can take part in the program.

Janelle Peterson says, "So we really want to encourage families to become aware of where these open feeding sites are, make sure that they're taking advantage of these, because we know it's expensive to feed kids and so we really can take, you know, some of the burden off of parents and their grocery bills and that sort of thing."

The Downtown YMCA location will now be able to serve free meals on Saturdays during the summer thanks to a donation from Black Hills Energy for $3,500.
For a list of locations you can go to www.rccimpact.org.