HOPKINS, Minn. - A new food truck has started serving up free lunches to anyone 18 years of age and under in Hopkins.
The summer food program is an extension of the national free breakfast and lunch programs and a project being run by the Hopkins School District.
The truck is available Mondays through Fridays from June 17 to Aug. 16 at two locations during the day.
The first location is Valley Park from 11 to 11:45 a.m. at 801 7th Ave. South in Hopkins. The second spot is at 43 Hoops from 12 to 12:45 p.m. at 1002 2nd St. NE in Hopkins.
School officials said those locations were chosen because they fall under a census study that showed those areas are where the meals are needed the most.
"This is the pinnacle for me," said Hopkins Public School's nutritionist Barb Mechura. "The kids are going to tell their friends and it's just a great opportunity to help support childhood health."
While the lunches are free for kids, adults can also pay $2 to receive their own lunch.
Mechura said it's one of the first food trucks of its kind in the state and the plan is to serve 4,000 hot meals during the summer.
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