Kids Eat Free


By Lesli Mueller, Director of Child Nutrition

Hutchinson Public Schools, Common Cup and Hunger Free McLeod are partnering up again to make the Summer Food Service Program possible in our community.  In 2018, the USDA program provided more than 1.5 million nutritious meals and snacks to children during the summer when school was not in session. Park Elementary and Hutchinson Middle School serving sites served 6,371 of those meals.

Ever since 2012, when the first summer feeding program started here in Hutchinson, the number of meals served to kids has increased year after year and there continues to be a need. Children this time of year look forward to school getting out to enjoy what summer has to offer them, but it can be a hardship to families who do not have access to school meals. That is why the summer feeding program is so important to the Hutchinson area. A child’s need for good nutrition plays a valuable role in helping them to learn, grow, and stay healthy. The Summer Food Service Program provides free lunch to any child up to 18 years of age. There is no income requirements or registration. Children can eat as many days as the summer feeding program is in service.

All delicious meals are served by the food service staff at Park Elementary and Hutchinson Middle School, Monday–Friday. Park Elementary serves lunch June 17–August 16, 2019 from 11:30 am-12:30 pm in the Cafeteria. Hutchinson Middle School serves their lunch June 17-August 2, 2019 from 11:15 am-12:45 pm in the Commons area. Both serving sites will be closed July 3-5 for the 4th of July holiday week and Park Elementary will be closed August 5-7 due to training conference for food service staff. Parents and guardians are welcome and encouraged to eat with their children as another opportunity for family time. An adult lunch is at the affordable price of $4.25 for a well balanced meal. Parents, community groups, businesses and anyone in the community we welcome you to volunteer and show your support of this wonderful program by assisting school food service with some small duties in the cafeteria around the serving times.  Without the support of volunteers the summer food program would not run as smooth towards being successful in serving kids and families. For more information on volunteering please contact Jennifer Wicklund at or 320.583.9929.

Kids, teens and adults will all enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables daily.  A copy of the menu is shown below filled with some of the favorites from the school year. These well nourished menus give kids energy to play and learn throughout their summer. By participating in the summer feeding program working parents can be assured their children are enjoying a well-rounded meal that is not filled with empty calories.  Children, their friends and families gathering to either feeding site can benefit from the program in a variety of ways that adds to a strong community in Hutchinson.

Summer Menus

Hutchinson Public Schools

Hutchinson Public Schools