About the Nutrition Program

Beginning in 2014, Youthprise took on an essential role as a hub--- coordinating, recruiting, training and supporting programs in serving snacks and meals year-round. In 2019, we supported 61 Nutrition sites across the Twin Cities and served over 284,000 meals to over 6,000 young people ages 6 - 18. The Youthprise model is specifically designed to eliminate barriers to participation where there is a great need for assistance in providing meals. Youthprise was sought out to initiate a sponsorship role in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) that would allow small to medium size youth-serving organizations to serve free meals through federal nutrition programs, thus allowing their money to be put back into program and staffing instead of food for their youth.

Our Nutrition Program is a part of our Health and Safety focus area. Our goal is to promote the health and safety of young people by meeting basic needs and holistically addressing health concerns that impact youth in our communities. When young people are out of school, they shouldn’t have to worry about where meals are coming from. Year-round meals are provided to youth at trusted locations in the community, where youth are not only encouraged to participate in programming but also have the space to provide input into their menus. The Youthprise Nutrition Program provides meals at public libraries, recreation centers, faith communities, schools, and local youth-serving nonprofits.

As of October 2020, we have served our 2 Millionth Meal!

* Meal locations during social distancing *

The Nutrition Program draws upon two federal meal programs:

  • The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) offers afterschool meals for students during the school year, and
  • the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) offers meals for summer program participants during the summer.

Youthprise continues to offer meal support during social distancing due to Covid19.

To find open locations, download the Free Meals for Kids by Hunger Impact Partners. The app is free for Android and iPhone.

For Youth and Families

Current Nutrition Hub Sites (Last updated 6/23/2021)

Open Mondays:

  • Ames Lake
    • 1144 Barclay Street, St Paul, MN 55107
    • 11:00-12:00 snack & lunch bundles
  • RCL Maplewood Library
    • 3025 Southlawn Avenue, Maplewood, MN 55109
    • 11:30-2:30PM – snack & lunch bundles
  • Midtown YWCA
    • 2121 E Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407
    • 2:15-3:45 Lunch & snack bundles


Open Tuesdays:

  • El Rio Vista Community Center (in partnership with Neighborhood House)
    • 179 Robie Street E, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55107
    • HOURS: 2PM - 4PM supper & snack bundles
  • McDonough Recreation Center
    • 1544 Timberlake Rd, Saint Paul, MN 55117
    • HOURS: 2PM - 4PM supper & snack bundles
  • Palace Recreation Center
    • 781 Palace Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102
    • HOURS: 2PM - 4PM supper & snack bundles
  • Conway Recreation Center (Sanneh Foundation),
    • 2090 Conway St, Saint Paul, Minnesota 5511
    • HOURS: 1:00-3:00PM supper & snack bundles
  • Wentworth Library
    • 199 E Wentworth Ave, West St. Paul, MN 55118
    • 12:00-2:00 lunch & snack bundles
  • West St Paul YMCA
  • 1426 E. Mendota Rd. Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077
    • 2:30-3:30 snack & supper bundles
  • Burnsville YMCA
  • 13850 Portland Ave S, Burnsville, MN 55337
    • 12:00-1:30 lunch & snack bundles


Open Wednesdays:

  • Family Means Cimarron Youth Center
    • 873 Lake Elmo Ave N, Lake Elmo, MN 55042
    • 11AM – 12:00PM lunch & snack
  • Park Grove library
    • 7900 Hemingway Ave S, Cottage Grove, MN 55016
    • 2:00- 3:30PM lunch & snack
  • Arlington Hills Community Center
    • 1200 Payne Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55130
    • HOURS: 2PM - 4PM snack & supper bundles
  • Rice Recreation Center
    • 1021 Marion St, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55117
    • HOURS: 2PM - 4PM snack & supper bundles
  • Dunning Recreation Center (Arts-Us)
    • 1221 Marshall Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104
    • HOURS: 2PM - 4PM snack & supper bundles
  • Hallie Q. Brown
    • 270 N. Kent Street St, Saint Paul, MN 55102
    • HOURS: 2PM - 4PM snack & supper bundles
  • Midway YMCA
    • 547 Wheeler Street, North St. Paul, MN 55102
    • 12:30-2:30 lunch & snack bundles
  • New Hope YMCA
    • 7601 42nd Avenue North, New Hope, MN 55427
    • 1:00-2:30PM lunch only
  • Burnhaven Library
    • 1101 W County Road 42, Burnsville, MN 55306
    • 12:00-2:00PM lunch & snack bundles
  • Oakdale Library
    • 1010 Heron Avenue N., Oakdale, MN 55128
    • 2:00-3:00PM lunch & snack bundles


Open Thursdays:

  • Franklin Library
    • 1314 East Franklin Ave Minneapolis MN 55404
    • HOURS: 3:00 – 4:00PM – snack only bundles
  • El Rio Vista Community Center (in partnership with Neighborhood House)
    • 179 Robie Street E, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55107
    • HOURS: 2PM - 4PM snack & supper bundles
  • McDonough Recreation Center
    • 1544 Timberlake Rd, Saint Paul, MN 55117
    • HOURS: 2PM - 4PM snack & supper bundles
  • Palace Recreation Center
    • 781 Palace Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102
    • HOURS: 2PM - 4PM snack & supper bundles
  • RCL Maplewood Library
    • 3025 Southlawn Avenue, Maplewood, MN 55109
    • 11:30-2:30PM – snack & lunch bundles
  • Trinity Lutheran (Faribault)
    • 530 4th Street NW, Faribault, MN 55021
    • 6:00-7:00PM 4 day supper & snack


Open Fridays:

Meal Pick-Up Instructions

  1. To protect those around you, wear a mask or face covering while picking up meal packs, if possible.
  2. Follow all the social distancing rules of pick-up.
  3. Follow the posted or spoken rules of pick-up at your location.
  4. Inform staff of the number of youth(s) you are picking up for. (1 bag per youth per week.)


A parent, guardian, or sibling can pick up meals for a child who cannot be present to pick up their food box. The adult or sibling should be prepared to show proof of the child’s identity. Acceptable forms of identification include a school ID card, school report card, child care center records, or a photograph of a birth certificate.

Read more on how to protect yourself on the official CDC website here.


For Youth Organizations

Interested in partnering with Youthprise to apply for federal meal support? Find out if you qualify!

Summer Meals enrollment opens February 2020. Select application "2020 Summer Meals"

CACFP Afterschool Meals enrollment open until February 2020. Select application "19 - 20 At Risk After-School Meals"

Join other sites across the Twin Cities Metro in serving well-balanced and nutritious meals to the youth of Minnesota. Eligible organizations include libraries, recreation centers, schools, churches, community centers, and more! Sites must be in a school data area or census area where 50% or more of the youth served that fall within poverty levels.

You can expect:

  • Easy electronic reporting
  • Access to training and technical support
  • Hot and cold meal options
  • Directly-delivered meals
  • Culturally-specific menus
  • Regularly-adjustable meal quantities
  • A 21-day menu cycle
  • Flexible scheduling (you select the day and time of day)
  • Bagged meal options for field trips
  • Prepackaged meal options for libraries

For more information, please contact the Nutrition Program Director, Christa DeBoer at Christa@youthprise.org or 612-564-4858.

For Donors and Funders

What Makes Youthprise Different?

Young people are involved in all aspects of our work. Youthprise employs summer youth Nutrition Interns to support sites and coordinate the program. Additionally, Youthprise equips sites with the tools to ensure that young people have opportunities not only to be served, but to be a part of leading the program.

Youthprise works with local community partners who already have relationships with young people. Through these partnerships, Youthprise provides meals to youth in over 5 counties and is looking to serve state-wide in the future.

Youthprise works with youth and local vendors to develop culturally-relevant menus that youth enjoy while still meeting the program requirements.

Youthprise takes a holistic approach to nutrition. Through collaborative efforts with our partners; we provide additional research, nutrition education, physical activity programming, and agricultural education to more holistically address food insecurity for Minnesota youth.

Our Growth Stats 2015-2020


10 Nutrition Program Sites Established
67,000+ meals served!


23 Nutrition Program Sites Established
125,000+ meals served!


40 Nutrition Program Sites Established
223,000+ meals served!


52 Nutrition Program Sites Established
253,000+ meals served!


60 Nutrition Program Sites Established
284,000+ meals served!

69,000+ total served!

225,000+ total served!

461,000+ total served!

715,000+ total served!

999,000+ total served!

To join this success story:

  • Donate to Youthprise so that parents and families can eat alongside the youth; 
  • Download the Summer Eats app to find a summer meal serving program near you; 
  • Participate in the local census to ensure your community qualifies for federal meals;
  • Reach out to a local community center to see if they qualify to serve meals;
  • Ask your local policymakers to increase their support for the program; or
  • Contact the Nutrition Team at nutrition@youthprise.org to learn more!


Youthprise is proud to be an equal opportunity provider. This program is supported by the Minnesota Department of Education, the United States Department of Agriculture, and other funders and partners.