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.
For Youth and Families
Current Nutrition Hub Sites (Last updated 1/6/2021)
Open Tuesdays, 10:30am - 1pm:
- YMCA Montreal Court Neighborhood, 401 Labore Road Apt 111
- YMCA Maple Pond Neighborhood Center, 1854 Beebe Road, Maplewood, MN 55109
Open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2pm - 4pm:
- El Rio Vista Community Center, 179 Robie Street E, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55107 (in partnership with Neighborhood House)
- McDonough Recreation Center, 1544 Timberlake Rd, Saint Paul, MN 55117
- Palace Recreation Center, 781 Palace Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102
Open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1pm - 4pm:
- Conway Recreation Center (Sanneh Foundation), 2090 Conway St, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55119
Open Wednesdays, 11am - 1pm:
- Family Means Investigation Station, 52 Aspen Way, Landfall, MN 55128
- Family Means Cimarron Youth Center, 873 Lake Elmo Ave N, Lake Elmo, MN 55042
Open Wednesdays and Fridays, 2pm - 4pm:
- Arlington Hills Community Center, 1200 Payne Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55130
- Rice Recreation Center, 1021 Marion St, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55117
- Dunning Recreation Center (Arts-Us), 1221 Marshall Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104
Read more about sites and times on the City of Saint Paul's official CDC website here.
Meal Pick-Up Instructions
- To protect those around you, wear a mask or face covering while picking up meal packs, if possible.
- Follow all the social distancing rules of pick-up.
- Follow the posted or spoken rules of pick-up at your location.
- 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?
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 Christa at firstname.lastname@example.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.