The risk of hunger can increase during the summer break for children whose families rely on free or reduced-price school meals.

To help ensure children in Tukwila have access to nutritious meals, local organizations like the Food Innovation Network, with support from the American Heart Association, are launching a coordinated effort to provide free meals this summer.

Meals will be served in Tukwila at five locations and are part of a network of organizations serving meals nationwide. The meals must be consumed on site and are open to all 18 years and under. No fees, sign-up, or proof of identity or legal status is required to receive meals. For a list of days and times that meals are available in Tukwila, visit the American Heart Association’s website.

You can also locate other meal sites here.

At the Food Innovation Network, chefs and volunteers will gather in the kitchen weekly to cook up tasty meals for kids and their caregivers. Meals not only meet nutritional needs but are culturally sensitive, including the availability of halal-friendly options. The meals will be served during the weekly farmers market.

Food Innovation Network’s program starts on June 21 with a kickoff celebration that’s open to the public at the Tukwila Village Farmers Market from 4-7 p.m., featuring taste testing, prizes, yard games and more.

The summer meals program runs until August 30, 2023.