Free Meals for Kids and Families in Minnesota during COVID-19
During this time of social distancing, kids are now at home for school. But many kids rely on free school meals, and being stuck at home limits access to them.
Plus, with so many families now affected by businesses having to close, even temporarily, and feeding their families is harder than ever.
Our school district informed all families that free food is being provided to ALL students. We picked up food this week and the woman handing it out told us that hardly any people were coming to pick it up, and if it wasn’t picked up, it was thrown away each day. So I want to encourage other families to pick up the food if you need it!
I also heard of another school district telling families that if the food isn’t picked up, then the school loses funding and can’t provide as much going forward. So if you need food for your family – it’s out there! Please pick it up!
Note that kids 18 and under can show up (or their parents can show up) without having signed up, and they don’t need to provide their information. And if your family has no way of picking up the food, contact your school district as many are offering bus stop food drop offs and other ways of getting food to kids.
If you are in need, there are many ways you can find free meals for your kids and family.
Free Meals for Kids
Hunger Solutions has the best resource for finding free kids meals in Minnesota. They have an interactive map showing both schools and restaurants offering free meals. (Meals are available to all kids.)
Local school district websites – Check your local school district! Your kids’ school should have contacted all students to provide information about how kids can receive food at this time.