We are frequently asked “What does The Sheridan Story do in the summer?” While our primary mission is to fill the weekend food gap during the school year, we certainly recognize hunger is a year-round issue.
TWIN CITIES DISTRICTS
The Sheridan Story provides our bags of food to summer school students in some school districts in the Twin Cities. We continue to work to expand the Districts we serve in the summers in order to reach more kids. Please contact us with us if you would like to see this offered in your school(s) in summer 2018!
Our friends at Surly and Dangerous Man Breweries run community gardens, from which The Sheridan Story collects produce. We distribute it weekly from mid-July through September to a number of students in the Minneapolis Public Schools. You can think of this program almost like a free mini-CSA. If you’re interested in donating from your garden, please contact us.
PARTNERSHIP WITH MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Each year, thousands of families migrate across the country for their work in the agricultural industry. As a result, the children of migrant farm workers face frequent interruptions to their education. The Minnesota Department of Education opens schools in the summers to serve these children as part of their Migrant Education Program.
The Sheridan Story provides our meal packs for over 500 students at their 10 summer program sites, which range from Breckenridge to Rochester. We are grateful we are able to serve this population that is often unseen and unserved.
COMMUNITY MEAL DISTRIBUTION PILOT PROGRAM
An estimated eighty percent of Minnesota youth who qualifY for free or reduced lunch in the school year do not have access to meal programs during the summer months. This summer, in coordination with a local church as part of the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program, The Sheridan Story will help to bridge this gap by serving lunch to children and youth at a Roseville park each Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer. Meals will be provided free of cost to children and youth aged 18 years and under.