Boys and Girls Club members get a good meal before they head home

By Tina Snell, Staff Writer
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The Boys and Girls Club of Morrison County in Little Falls is now offering its 60-plus members a daily meal, thanks to volunteers from Hunger Free Morrison County and Early Headstart and funds from the Minnesota Department of Education. Pictured during an evening meal are (from left): Bryce Taranto, Masen Barton and Trevin Larson.

The Boys and Girls Club of Morrison County, with more than 60 members, is now offering its members a meal and a snack Monday through Thursday, and a snack on Fridays.

Dina Wuellner with Head Start in Little Falls, said her organization has been involved in a summer food program for four years at Key Row, Falls Meadow Ridge and Tri-County Community (TCC). The Boys and Girls Club is a new addition.

“The food is prepared at TCC, and they get reimbursed from the Minnesota Department of Education through the Summer Food Service Program, said Wuellner. “Because it creates meals for others, TCC staff said it would help with the meals at the Boys and Girls Club.

Hunger Free Morrison County Coalition member and Oasis Central Minnesota Director Tim Poland, said other coalition members requested that meals be served at the Boys and Girls Club.

The meals, which began June 11, follow nutritional guidelines mandated by Head Start. The members receive varieties of fruits and vegetables, milk, grains and proteins which follow the food pyramid. The meals are low salt, low sugar and low fat.

The members, ages 6-18 years old, receive a snack when the Club opens at 2 p.m., then supper at 5 p.m.

“I think that, with the economy as it is, parents are very happy the meals are being served,” said Wuellner.

Education coordinator at the Boys and Girls Club Nate  Janson said the members are trying all the new food that is being offered. Complaints are few.

“We have enrolled about 15 new members since we have implemented the program,” he said. “They all look forward to the meals.”

Janson said if one of the children doesn’t like a particular food, he or she may put it on the “share” table, an area that anyone can get seconds from, as long as it isn’t opened.

“The need for this program is there and we have all intentions of continuing,” said Poland.