Picking Up Free School Lunch During COVID-19 Closures

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March 18, 2020

Picking Up Free School Lunch During COVID-19 Closures - school sign with times for mealsOne of the biggest difficulties resulting from the shutting down of schools to stop the spread of the coronavirus is that many kids and their parents depend on the kid getting fed at school. It can be the only meal some kids get in a day. The free and reduced lunch program is a huge help to struggling families.


I am in Washington state and our school district is handing out free school lunch at multiple schools around town every weekday from 10-12. It is super easy to receive, you don't even need to get out of the car, as they have set up a drive through pickup (walk-ups are also welcome). You actually do not need to qualify for free or reduced lunch in order to pick up the meal. But, you do need to have the children with you. Kids receive a lunch and a breakfast for the next morning.

If you are wondering what kind of food is being handed out I will tell you what my kids got in today's lunch. The lunch had an Uncrustable peanut butter and jelly sandwich, Cheez-Its, apple sauce, baby carrots, and milk. The breakfast had a Cinnamon Toast Crunch breakfast bar, a box of raisins, orange juice, and a box of milk. A school lunch with a sandwich, drink and snacks.


Other than schools, I have also seen a few restaurants offering free lunches for children with the purchase of an adult meal. This is for pickup only as all restaurants have been closed to sit down customers. This might not be an option for everyone, but might be a way to treat your family to something special during this stressful time.

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March 19, 20200 found this helpful

Burger King will be offering two free kids meals per adult meal purchased. This offer is redeemable via their app.



Some local restaurants/stores are willing to give free take out for children as well. Try to check news to be updated for your community.

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March 24, 20200 found this helpful

I hope these parents and kids appreciate what is being done and who is doing this, thank them

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March 30, 20200 found this helpful

In my city, they are having a drive thru food bank to give groceries away for those in need. It will all be contactless as it'll be drive thru and they'll put the food in your trunk (at no cost). Definitely research if your city is participating in something like this, or similar.

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