Bismarck Public Schools' summer meal program

(Associated Press)
Published: Oct. 18, 2019 at 5:37 PM CDT
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Bismarck Public Schools were feeding residents in city parks this summer, and the numbers are in.

They fed more than 900 people per day and more than 19,000 meals were provided by the June and July program.

​A federal program payed for the kids' meals and United Way payed for the adults meals. The project was started to help food insecure families get meals when school isn't in session.

"It's nice to see them actually sitting in a park, eating a meal together, going and playing, getting that physical activity. It just is a good feeling," said Michelle Wagner, program director.

Two of the parks won't receive federal funding next year, Bismarck Public Schools are trying to find local sponsors so they can continue to feed those families.