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Published on May 29, 2018

Gundersen, community partners offer free summer meal program

Stressing the importance of offering nutritious meals to children during the summer months, Gundersen Health System announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP.)

The program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction provides nutritious meals to children during the summer, when free and reduced-price school meals are typically unavailable. Free meals will be made available to children 18 year of age and under. Those older than 18 years of age who are determined by a state or local public education agency to be mentally or physical disabled and who also participate in a public or private non-profit school program during the regular school year may receive free meals as well.

Free meals will be available at the following locations this summer Monday through Friday from June 11 to Aug. 31:

Breakfast: 9 a.m. – Noon; Lunch: Noon – 6 p.m

  • Gundersen Cafeteria, 1900 South Avenue, La Crosse, WI 54601

Lunch:   4 – 6 p.m.

  • Gundersen Bistro, 1900 South Avenue, La Crosse, WI 54601

Free meals will be available at the following locations this summer Monday through Friday from June 6 to August 31, 2018:

Lunch: 11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

  • Poage Park, 500 Hood Street, La Crosse, WI 54601

Lunch: 11:45 a.m. – Noon

  • Powell Park, 1002 West Ave South, La Crosse, WI 54601

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.

"This program fills a void created when school lunches are not available," says Jennifer Larson, administrative director, Gundersen Nutrition & Hospitality Services. "Helping parents meet the nutritional needs of their children is the strength of this program."

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and 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:


U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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