Thanks to a partnership with Second Harvest Heartland, Neill Elementary School in Burnsville will be able to provide free groceries to its students and their families once a month throughout the school year, starting at the school’s back-to-school open house on Aug. 30.
Neill was chosen as a pilot site for the “Food+You” program, which gets primary funding from Target. The program aims to increase availability of healthy food resources to Neill students and their families. This multi-dimensional pilot program offers direct food distributions, support for accessing existing federal nutrition programs and connections to broader community resources.
Groceries will be available for Neill families to pick up on the third Tuesday of every month between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Most of the food will be non-perishable items, but sometimes there may be produce, including at the Aug. 30 kick-off.
“We're excited to offer this opportunity to Neill families by supplementing their pantries with additional food items and connecting families with community resources,” Principal Elizabeth Vaught said. “The Food+You program provides us with opportunities to build bridges that extend beyond our school's walls.”
The only requirement is that participants must have a family member enrolled at Neill Elementary. No sign-up required.