App helps connect hungry Minnesota kids to free food

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MINNEAPOLIS (CBS) The end of another school year is upon us and kids are ready to enjoy all summer has to offer. For kids in Minnesota, being out of school does not mean struggling to find something to eat.

"When school is out, many kids don't have access to food because schools are closed. But by being a part of this program and having this program available now, we can close that gap and feed these kids in the summertime," said Trent Tucker, the spokesperson for Hunger Impact Partners.

Tucker is talking about Summer Eats, a free app that helps direct kids under 18 to summer food sites.

"I will definitely take my kids just so they can enjoy different food around the city," Christina Yang said.

Yang just learned about the program. She downloaded the app and that's all she has to do.

"She just has to be there when they are serving meals. So when she looks on this app, it directs her, it tells her directly what time and where they are serving meals and it's GPS, so wherever you're sitting right now it will get you there," said Ellen Lucas of Hunger Impact Partners.

Over 700 sites in community centers, libraries, schools and parks will feed children.

"It may not be you who needs the meal or somebody in your family, it could be somebody in your neighborhood, it could be somebody in your social circle, it could be a friend of a friend," Lucas said.

Summer Eats is all about spreading the word and getting more kids eating nutritious, free meals. The program is sponsored by the USDA and managed by the Minnesota Department of Education. You can find the Summer Eats Minnesota app in the Apple or Google Play stores.