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Program: Free Food Distribution and Meals

Agency: Coronavirus 2020


Resource Number: 67356194
Description
STATEWIDE

Free Meals for Kids Mobile App
  • Helps families and kids in need find and access free meals at schools and other sites
  • Powered by GPS and shows locations of schools and other sites that are providing meals and meal packs with days and hours of distribution
  • Shows distance and directions to nearest site
  • Kids up to age 18 can show up without prior sign-up for free meals
  • Most of the schools and community sites are located in areas where at least half of the children are eligible for free and/or reduced price school meals
  • Free at the Apple App Store and Google Play Store
  • Listing is updated daily
Hunger Solutions Food Pantry Locator
  • Food pantries across the state that are open and providing services. Visit the website and search the food map to find the nearest operating food pantry
Hunger Solutions Meals for Kids
  • Lists information on where families and kids can go to get a free meal during school closures
  • Map
Lutheran Social Services
  • Offers meal services to anyone through a variety of ways: meals on wheels, meals to go, and meals curbside. Visit https://www.lssmn.org/services/older-adults/lss-meals for overall details and COVID updates. A list of information on local dining sites locations and schedules is also available.
  • LSS Bistro dining sites are currently operating as curbside locations
  • Operates in 39 counties, mostly north central, northwest, south central and southwest Minnesota
  • Pricing details. Suggested donation of $5 - $8.40 per meal, though no one is turned away for the inability to pay
CENTRAL MINNESOTA

Billy D’s Crooked Tavern
  • Eligibility: Children
  • 34 Oak Avenue North Annandale, MN 55302
  • Open 11 am – 2 am/7 days a week
  • (320)274-6184
  • Provides a free lunch consisting of a turkey sandwich, potato chips and yogurt
Catholic Charities Meals on Wheels
  • Eligibility: Seniors ages 60 and over in Benton, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Pine, Sherburne, Stearns and Wright counties
  • $4.25 – $8, however persons will not be turned away for inability to pay
  • Individuals must register to receive meals through Catholic Charities, individuals can call Charlene Ridlon for assistance at (320)229-4591
Catholic Charities Senior Dining Program “Grab and Go” Senior Meals
  • Eligibility: Seniors in Benton, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Pine, Sherburne, Stearns and Wright counties
  • Whitney Center 1527 Northway Drive Saint Cloud, MN 56303 – East wing door
  • Open 11 am - 12:30 pm Monday - Friday
  • (320)229-4584 or (800)830-8524 ext. 4584
  • Seniors are eligible to pick up to 10 meals to put in their freezer
Granite City Brewery
  • Eligibility: Students in grades K-12
  • 3945 2nd Street South Saint Cloud, MN 56301
  • Open 11 am - 12 am Monday - Thursday; 11 am - 1 am Friday - Saturday; 9 am - 10 pm Sunday
  • Call (320)203-9000 and ask for a manager
  • Provides a free lunch that contains a turkey sandwich, chips and applesauce. No other purchase necessary.
House of Pizza
  • Eligibility: Students ages 12 and under
  • 1733 Pine Cone Road South Sartell, MN 56377
  • 19 5th Avenue South Saint Cloud, MN 56301
  • Open 11 am - 2 pm Monday - Friday
  • (320)258-9300
  • Kids get their choice of free pizza or pasta via take-out
Kay's Kitchen
  • Eligibility: Children
  • 303 College Avenue North Saint Joseph, MN 56734
  • Open 8 am - 3 pm Monday - Friday
  • (320)557-0030
  • Kids can receive a $2 breakfast or lunch option
Manea's Meats
  • Eligibility: Students in grades K-12 dependent on free or reduced cost school lunches
  • 114 2nd Avenue North Sauk Rapids, MN 56379
  • 11 am Monday - Friday until March 27
  • (320)253-8683
  • Students can walk in and receive a free lunch containing a turkey and chese sandwich, bag of chips, and bottle of water. No other purchase necessary. In an emergency situation where children in Sauk Rapids require lunch but cannot walk in to receive it, an on-duy Sauk Rapids police officer will deliver it to the child. Order Online for delivery.
Pacific Wok
  • Eligibility: Students ages 12 and younger
  • 1733 Pine Cone Road South Sartell, MN 56377
  • 11 am - 2 pm Monday - Friday
  • (320)258-7200
  • Students can eat free via drive-thru or take-out
METRO AREA

Bourbon Butcher
  • Eligibility: Children
  • 20700 Chippendale Avenue Farmington, MN 55024
  • Open 11 am - 10 pm Tuesday - Wednesday; 11 am - 11 pm Thursday; 11 am - 12 am Friday; 10 am - 12 am Saturday; 10 am - 10 pm Sunday
  • (651)344-7600
  • Provides free boxed lunches with choice of sandwich, fruit cup, chips, cookie and milk
Catholic Charities Meals on Wheels
  • Eligibility: Seniors ages 60 and over in Benton, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Pine, Sherburne, Stearns and Wright counties
  • $4.25 – $8.00, however persons will not be turned away for inability to pay
  • Individuals must register to receive meals through Catholic Charities, individuals can call Charlene Ridlon for assistance at (320)229-4591
Catholic Charities Senior Dining Program “Grab and Go” Senior Meals
  • Eligibility: Seniors in Benton, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Pine, Sherburne, Stearns and Wright counties
  • Whitney Center 1527 Northway Drive Saint Cloud, MN 56303 – East wing door
  • Open 11 am - 12:30 pm Monday - Friday
  • (320)229-4584 or (800)830-8524 ext. 4584
  • Seniors are eligible to pick up to 10 meals to put in their freezer
Cconut Whisk Baking Company
  • Eligibility: Families
  • Visit Facebook Page to send message requesting mixes
  • Provides a week's owrth of pancakes/waffle mixes for families
Chapala Cambridge
  • Eligibility: Children
  • 200 2nd Avenue South Cambridge, MN 55008
  • Open 11 am – 9:30 pm Monday – Thursday; 11 am – 10:30 pm Friday – Saturday; 11:30 am – 9:30 pm Sunday
  • (763)689-4812
  • Provides a free lunch
Eggroll Queen Café
  • Eligibility: Children
  • 1579 Hamline Avenue North Falcon Heights, MN 55018
  • Open 11 am – 2 pm/7 days a week
  • (651)644-9959
  • Provides a free meal consisting of a traditional egg roll, fruit and fried rice to-go. Call or walk in to order.
 El Tejaban
  • Eligibility: Children ages 18 and younger
  • 6519 Nicollet Avenue Richfield, MN 55423
  • Open 11 am – 8 pm Wednesday – Sunday March 16 – April 30
  • (612)243-9699
  • Provides a free children’s dish
 Farmers Grandson Eatery
  • Eligibility: Children
  • 1286 lone Oak Road Eagan, MN 55121
  • Open 5:30 am – 10 pm Monday; 5:30 am – 11 pm Tuesday – Thursday; 5:30 am – 12 am Friday; 5:30 am – 8 pm Saturday; 5:30 am – 10 pm Sunday
  • (651)452-0476
  • Provides free boxed lunches
Frankies Chicago Style Bar & Restaurant
  • Eligibility: Children
  • 3556 Winnetka Avenue North New Hope, MN 55427
  • Open 11 am Monday - Saturday
  • Provides free bag lunches
Granite City Brewery
  • Eligibility: Students in grades K-12
  • 11909 Main Street Maple Grove, MN 55369
  • Open 11 am - 12 am Monday - Thursday; 11 am - 1 am Friday - Saturday; 9 am - 10 pm Sunday
  • Call (763)416-0010 and ask for a manager
  • Provides a free lunch that contains a turkey sandwich, chips and applesauce. No other purchase necessary.
Great Harvest Maple Grove
  • Eligibility: Families
  • 13714 Grove Drive Maple Grove, MN 55311
  • Open 6 am - 6 pm Monday - Friday; 6 am - 5 pm Saturday; 7 am - 3 pm Sunday
  • (763)416-1911
  • Provides free breads and goodie bags. No purchase necessary.
Hope Breakfast Bar
  • Eligibility: Families
  • 1 South Leech Street Saint Paul, MN 55102
  • Open 9 am - 2 pm Monday - Friday
  • Sign Up Online to receive free breakfast via takeout
Keys Cafe & Bakery
  • Eligibility: Children
  • 1960 West Broadway Avenue Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651)982-2929
  • 1682 Lexington Avenue North Roseville, MN 55113 (651)487-5397
  • 2208 4th Street White Bear Lake, MN 55110 (651)426-2885
  • 1750 Weir Drive Woodbury, MN 55125 (651)731-5397
  • Hours vary
  • Provides a free kids meal for take-out with three options to choose from including ham and cheese (paired with chips and fruit), peanut butter and jelly (paired with chips and fruit) or macaroni and cheese (paired with fruit and vegetables). Call or walk in.
Loaves and Fishes Meals
  • Eligibility: Anyone
  • Check website for current list of location openings/closures
  • Call (612)377-9810 for daily updates
  • Serving take-away meals
Lock and Dam Eatery
  • Eligibility: Children
  • 101 2nd Street East Hastings, MN 50033
  • Open 11 am – 8 pm Tuesday; 11 am – 9 pm Wednesday – Friday; 12 noon – 9 pm Saturday; 12 noon - 8 pm Sunday
  • (651)319-0906
  • Call for a free lunch with a different menu every day
Loring Bar & Restaurant
  • Eligibility: Children ages 12 and younger
  • 327 14th Avenue SE Minneapolis, MN 55414
  • Open 11 am – 2 pm/7 days a week
  • (612)378-4849
  • Provides a free lunch consisting of a turkey and cheese sandwich with chips, spaghetti and meatballs, macaroni and cheese, or a cheese pizza. All served with dessert. No other purchase necessary. Call or walk in
Manger Restaurant and Wine Bar
  • Eligibility: Children
  • 520 5th Avenue North Bayport, MN 55003
  • Open 11 am - 3 pm and 5 pm - 10 pm Tuesday - Saturday
  • Call or text (651)324-9313 if cooler is empty and staff will refill it
  • Provides free boxed lunches and dinners that include a sandwich, vegetable, peanut butter crackers, juice box and fruit in a cooler on the front patio for families to help themselves
Mansetti’s Pizza & Pasta – Anoka
  • Eligibility: Children
  • 3603 Round Lake Boulevard NW Anoka, MN 55303
  • Open 11 am- 2 pm /7 days a week
  • (763)427-8620
  • Provides a free 9 inch 1-topping pizza. No purchase necessary.
MAYA Cuisine NE
  • Eligibility: Children
  • 1840 Central Avenue NE Minneapolis, MN 55418
  • 10 am - 8 pm/7 days a week
  • (612)789-0775
  • Provides a free lunch consisting of a cheese quesadilla, rice and beans
Mediterranean Cruise Café
  • Eligibility: Children
  • 12500 Nicollet Avenue Burnsville, MN 55337
  • Open 11 am – 11 pm Monday – Wednesday; 11 am – 11 pm Thursday; 11 am – 2 am Friday – Saturday; 11 am – 10 pm Sunday
  • (952)641-6222
  • Provides a free lunch including gyro and fries
Merrick Community Services - Meals on Wheels
  • Eligibility: Seniors living in the east side of Saint Paul and parts of Maplewood. Boundaries apply, visit website or full service listing.
  • $5.85 for home delivered meals, though subsidies are available
  • Meals delivered on Monday and Thursday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Frozen meals provided for Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and the weekend
  • Volunteers may place the food in a bag on the door handle and knock/ring doorbell/call participant to let them know it was delivered
Metro Meals on Wheels
  • Eligibility: Residents of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey and Scott counties
  • Sign Up
  • (612)623-3363
  • Meal delivery. Individuals may be asked to accept a bulk delivery of frozen meals to be reheated
Pangea Café
  • Eligibility: Children
  • 37 West 1st Street Waconia, MN 55387
  • Open 8 am – 2 pm/7 days a week
  • (952)300-8604
  • Call for free breakfast and lunch. No purchase necessary.
Piada Italian Street Food
  • Eligibility: Students in grades K-12
  • Mall of America 60 East Broadway N326 Bloomington, MN 55425 (952)303-5458
  • 3380 Central Park Village Drive Eagan, MN 55121(651)340-4166
  • 345 Radio Drive Building N. Space 101 Woodbury, MN 55125 (651)363-3529
  • Open 10:45 am – 1 pm Monday – Friday March 16 – April 3
  • Provides free pasta with sauce, cheese and a fountain drink for lunch
Que Viet
  • Eligibility: Children
  • 2211 Johnson Street NE Minneapolis, MN 55418
  • Open 11 am - 2 pm/7 days a week
  • (612)781-4744
  • Children may choose between free chicken or pork fried rice. When arriving, individuals should state they are there for an order for Kelsey. This helps protect the privacy and uneasiness of customers needing free food for children.
Rascals Bar & Grill
  • Eligibility: Anyone
  • 7721 147th Street West Apple Valley, MN 55124
  • Open 11 am – 2 pm/7 days a week
  • (952)431-7777
  • Provides free bag lunches
 Smokey’s Pub N’ Grill
  • Eligibility: Children
  • 552 Lincoln Drive Wyoming, MN 55092
  • Open 12 noon – 8 pm/7 days a week
  • (651)464-6046
  • Call to order a free bag lunch that includes ham and cheese sandwich, chips, applesauce, Tootsie Rolls and a juice box
 Station 280
  • Eligibility: Children
  • 2554 Como Avenue #7 Saint Paul, MN 55108
  • Open 11 am – 1 am Monday – Wednesday; 11 am – 2 am Thursday – Saturday; 11 am – 12 am Sunday
  • (651)233-2165
  • Provides a free lunch including milk, orange juice, turkey sandwich, fruit snacks and an apple
Trappers Bar and Grill
  • Eligibility: Children
  • 6810 Lake Drive Lino Lakes, MN 55014
  • Open 8 am – 1 am/7 days a week
  • (651)784-7474
  • Provides a free bag lunch that includes a turkey or ham sandwich (variety dependent upon product availability), chips, applesauce and snack. No purchase necessary.
Whiskey Inferno Meat House & Craft Bar
  • Eligibility: Children
  • 14425 Highway 13 South Prior Lake, MN 55378
  • Open 11:30 am - 11 pm Monday - Wednesday; 11:30 am - 12 am Thursday; 11:30 am - 1 am Friday; 11 am - 1 am Saturday; 11 am - 12 am Sunday
  • (952)855-4665
  • Provides free boxed lunches with choice of sandwich, fruit cup, chips, cookie and milk
NORTHERN MINNESOTA

Burrito Union
  • ​Eligibility: Children
  • 1332 East 4th Street Duluth, MN 55805
  • Open 11 am - 1 pm Monday - Friday
  • (218)728-4414
  • Children get a free lunch that includes a beef or bean taco, orange and a cookie viz curb-side pick-up.
Ernie’s on Gull and Main Street Ale House
  • Eligibility: Children
  • 25559 Main Street Nisswa, MN 56468
  • Open 11 am – 10 pm/7 days a week
  • (218)961-6724
  • Provides kids meals for pick-up at main Street Ale House. Call ahead.
GRAB AND GO MEALS: Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland Lincoln Park Site
  • Eligibility: School aged children
  • Lincoln Park Boys & Girls Club, 2407 West Fourth Street Duluth, MN
  • Hours: 5 pm - 6 pm pm Monday – Friday
  • Description: Free meal provided for students
 Meals on Wheels
  • Eligibility: Homebound seniors ages 60 and older (and spouse, regardless of age) in Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and Saint Louis counties
  • Must be assessed to be homebound, before receiving meal services. There is no income criteria. Call Kathie for an assessment (800)662-5711 ext. 7327.
  • Option of frozen meal service packaging, the meals can be reheated either in the oven or microwave
North Country Cafe
  • Elgibility: Children
  • 12 West Main Street Crosby, MN 56441
  • 8 am - 1 pm Monday - Friday
  • (218)545-9908
  • Proves free meals via cubrside pick-up
SOUTHERN MINNESOTA

Christ United Methodist Church
  • Eligibility: Anyone
  • 400 5th Avenue SW Rochester, MN 55902
  • 12 noon - 1 pm Saturday
  • (507)289-4019
  • Provides to-go meals
Family Service Rochester Meals On Wheels
  • Eligibility: Residents of Rochester not able to prepare or access a healthy meal
  • Open 8 am - 5 pm Monday - Thursday; 8 am - 3 pm Friday
  • (507)287-2020
  • Meals available on an ability to pay basis. Food Stamps and other assistance programs accepted.
Gracie’s With a Cup of Joe
  • Eligibility: Children
  • 48 North Park Avenue Le Center, MN 56057
  • Open 10:30 am – 2:20 pm Monday – Friday
  • (507)357-4816
  • Provides free lunches which can be picked up or delivered. Call to schedule delivery.
Victoria's Restaurant & Wine Bar
  • Eligibility: Children
  • 7 1st Avenue SW Rochester, MN 55902
  • Open 10:30 am - 10 am Monday - Saturday; 10:30 am - 9 pm Sunday
  • Any child who needs a meal can come to the restaurant and choose from marinara sauce with pasta; meat sauce with pasta; buttered noodles; fresh bread




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