You know what's great about living in a big city again? I'm falling in love with the hustle and bustle, the constant buzz, the feeling of never being alone and the sense of community.
Yesterday, in honor of Ollie's 1st birthday we traveled to see a loved one, made a visit to the Minneapolis Central Library where Axel signed his FIRST EVER library card, took advantage of the "Kids Eat Free" program, talked to maybe 17 neighbors (the average day around these parts), went swimming at Nana's, had a DQ bedtime snack and knocked down a wall in our basement. An average day for the Stephens.
Have you heard of "Kids Eat Free?" We're not new to the program as we thoroughly enjoyed it while living in St. Peter, MN three summers ago, but I'm so happy to be back in the loop for school lunches any day of the week, promoting healthy meals and fighting hunger. What's awesome about the program? Everything. All you need to do is show up at a participating location and the kids (only the kids) receive a 5 course meal. A choice of main dish, veggies fruit, milk and perhaps an extra.
When Axel was 2 this program was awesome because it provided lunch choices for him that I wouldn't normally make at home. He was introduced to all kinds of foods and, I think, enhanced his food-flexibility. This summer it's an opportunity to spend time eating at lunch tables, interacting with new friends getting ready for the all important kindergarten in the fall.
If you have a "Kids Eat Free" program in your area, I seriously suggest you take advantage. Check out the website on the flyer below for a list of parks/schools near you. There's no stigma attached, no financial requirement, they don't even ask for your name or address. It's a government sponsored program and all are able to enjoy.
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