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Gundersen free summer meal program

Free summer meal program

Gundersen Health System in La Crosse is offering free meals to children age 18 and under* as part of the Summer Food Service Program funded through the United States Department of Agriculture. These meals help fuel kids so they can stay active and healthy over the summer.

For many children who rely on free or reduced-price school lunches, summer vacation means an increased risk of chronic hunger. Research has found strong links between hunger and learning. This program is aimed at curbing this problem.

Each child is welcome to enjoy up to two free meals on weekdays. Each day there will be a breakfast option and a lunch/supper option. These nutritious kid-friendly meals will include milk, fruits and veggies, whole grains and protein. There's no need for kids to sign up; they can just show up and enjoy. 

The following La Crosse locations will serve free meals Monday-Friday, June 11 to Aug. 31:

  • Gundersen Cafeteria (1900 South Ave.)
    • Breakfast: 7 a.m. – Noon
    • Lunch: Noon – 6 p.m. 
  • Gundersen Bistro (Behind Hospital info desk, 1900 South Ave.)
    • Lunch: 4 – 6 p.m.

The following locations will serve free meals Monday-Friday, June 6 to Aug. 31.

  • Poage Park (500 Hood Street)
    • 11:15 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Powell Park (1002 West Ave South)
    • 11:45 a.m. – Noon

In the event of severe weather, meals will not be served at the parks. Meals will be available at Gundersen.

Meals are provided to those eligible regardless of race, color, national origin, age, gender or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of meal service.

* Those older than 18 who are determined by a state or local public education agency to be mentally or physical disabled and who participate in a public or private non-profit school program during the regular school year may receive free meals as well.

Non-discrimination statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, employees and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form.

To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Ave., SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; Fax: (202) 690-7442; or Email: This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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