Burger King offers free healthy meals for kids in the U.S.
BUDDY KING — The burger king in St. Paul, Minnesota, is offering free healthy meal to kids under age 5.
The goal is to encourage kids to eat more fruits and vegetables, and more whole grains.
The idea is to show that healthy eating is achievable for kids, said Kristina Fiedler, Burger King’s director of corporate communications and social responsibility.
The free meals will be offered to kids between the ages of 5 and 18.
“It’s not just about the food,” Fiedle said.
“It’s about the fact that we’re all trying to make the world a better place for kids.”
Burger King announced the initiative in October and it has been in operation for about a year.
The chain offers more than 20 kinds of healthy meals to kids in all states.
It also offers a variety of other meals to families at low or no cost.
Fiedler said Burger King was the first chain to announce the initiative, and it’s the first time the idea has been offered to children.
The company also partnered with the nonprofit Healthy Kids in Schools.
Fiedl said Healthy Kids is working with other organizations to distribute the meals to students across the country.
The Healthy Kids program offers meals to underprivileged kids who are at risk of falling behind in their education and learning.
Kids in the program are often enrolled in school at different times than the rest of the school system, so they have to attend meals at school multiple times.
Friedler said Healthy Children will be distributing the meals at several locations.
The first will be at the Minneapolis and St. Louis areas, and the other locations will be in Florida and Colorado.
She said the Healthy Kids programs will also be distributed to students at schools in Chicago and Nashville.
Founded in 1986, Burger Kings is owned by Burger King parent company Yum Brands Inc., which also owns Taco Bell.