With all Minnesota public schools being closed March 18-27, some students can still expect to receive breakfast and lunch from their school during the closure.
Gov. Tim Walz ordered all Minnesota public schools to close to allow teachers and staff to prepare and plan for distance learning. As part of his executive order, all schools must provide meals to all students who need them in a way that works best for the community, such as grab-and-go or delivery.
Here is how area school districts are handling distribution of meals:
Duluth Edison Charter Schools
Duluth Edison Charter Schools will provide breakfast and lunch March 18-27, Monday through Friday, to students and families who need assistance while schools are closed, Head of School Bonnie Jorgenson said. Meals will be available for pickup at North Star and Raleigh schools starting Wednesday, March 18, from 8-11 a.m. Families can get both meals at the same time.
There will also be drop-off locations, still to be determined, throughout the city beginning Thursday as well as home deliveries to families who need them. Students in emergency caregiver child care programs will also receive free breakfast, lunch and snacks.
Proctor Public Schools
Proctor Public Schools will provide breakfast and lunch Wednesday through Friday this week only as the students were already scheduled to be on spring break March 23-27. Meals will be free for all students and both lunch and breakfast will be available for pickup at the same time.
Pickup locations are Bay View Elementary at the flagpole entrance and at Pike Lake Elementary at the Martin Road entrance. Pickup times are from 9:30 a.m. to noon and only students or their parents will be allowed to pick up the meals.
If distance-learning is implemented after March 27, the district will continue to serve breakfast and meals and will provide more information regarding pick up locations or possible delivery.
Hermantown Community Schools
Hermantown Community Schools will offer lunch to all students who qualify for free and reduced-price lunches by having its transportation department deliver meals with the assistance of other school support personnel, Superintendent Kerry Juntunen said. This will be done with the written consent by a parent or guardian.
Duluth Public Schools
Duluth Public Schools will have free breakfast and lunches available to all students 18 years old and younger weekdays March 18-27. No paperwork is necessary to receive free meals, but students must be present to receive the meal.
Meals will be prepackaged and both breakfast and lunch will be served at the same time from a school bus at designated locations and times. Breakfast will include fruit or fruit juice, cereal or breakfast bar and milk. Lunch will include a sandwich, veggies, fruit and milk.
School parking lot distribution will take place from 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following locations:
Congdon Park Elementary, 3116 E. Superior St.
Homecroft Elementary, 4784 Howard Gnesen Road
Lakewood Elementary, 5207 N. Tischer Road
Laura MacArthur Elementary, 720 N. Central Ave.
Lester Park Elementary, 5300 Glenwood St.
Lowell Elementary, 2000 Rice Lake Road
Myers-Wilkins Elementary, 1027 N. Eighth Ave. E.
Piedmont Elementary, 2827 Chambersburg Ave.
Stowe Elementary, 715 101st Ave. W.
Denfeld High School, 401 N. 44 Ave. W.
Duluth East High School, 301 N. 40th Ave. E.
Ordean East Middle School, 2900 E. Fourth St.
Lincoln Park Middle School, 3215 W. Third St.
Area Learning Center, Third Street Door, 215 N. First Ave. E.
Meals can also be picked up at various locations around the city from a school bus, which will remain at each location for about 10-15 minutes. Those locations are:
Congdon Elementary Area
10 a.m. N. 24th Ave. E. at E. Third St.
10 a.m. N. 36th Ave. E. at E. Second St.
10:20 a.m. Jefferson St. at S. 17th Ave. E.
10:20 a.m. E. Arrowhead Road at Vermillion Road
10:25 a.m. Mygatt Ave. at Livingston Ave.
10:35 a.m. N. 16th Ave. E. at E. Seventh St.
Homecroft Elementary Area
10 a.m. Drake Road at Kingston Road
10 a.m. 4107 Byer Road West, Rice Lake City Hall
10:20 a.m. Woodland Ave. at St. Paul Ave.
10:20 a.m. Howard Gnesen Road at Schultz Road
10:25 a.m. 5025 Reid Road
10:30 a.m. W. Owatonna St. at Ewing Ave.
10:40 a.m. Rice Lake Road at Gnesen General Store
Lowell Elementary Area
10 a.m. W. Orange St. at S. Basswood Ave.
10:05 a.m. Maryland St. at Warren Ave.
10:20 a.m. Eklund Ave. at Farrell Road
10:25 a.m. East 11th St. at N. Lake Ave.
10:45 a.m. Upham Road at Windwood West Driveway
Lester Park Elementary Area
10 a.m. Peabody St. at N. 49th Avenue E.
10:05 a.m. Flynn Road at South Cant Road
10:20 a.m. N. 52nd Ave. E. at Idlewild St.
10:20 a.m. Gladstone St. at N. 42nd Avenue E.
10:35 a.m. Tioga St. at N. 44th Avenue E.
Lakewood Elementary Area
10 a.m. Maxwell Road at Medin Road
10:20 a.m. 3502 W. Tischer Road at Billy’s bar
10:20 a.m. Pleasant View Road at Frederick Street
10:50 a.m. Lismore and McQuade Road, J&R Sundberg Construction
Laura MacArthur Elementary Area
10 a.m. N. 39th Avenue W. at W. Fifth St.
10:05 a.m. Redruth St. at S. 69th Ave. W.
10:20 a.m. Main St. at S. 57th Ave W.
10:20 a.m. W. Fifth St. at N. 42nd Ave. W.
10:20 a.m. West Gate Boulevard at N. 65th Ave. W.
10:35 a.m. Ramsey St. at North 52nd Ave. W.
Myers-Wilkins Elementary Area
10 a.m. N. 11th Ave. E. at E. Sixth St.
10 a.m. N. Sixth Ave. E. at E. Fourth St.
10:05 a.m. N. Third Ave. W. at W. Second St.
10:20 a.m. E. Fourth St. at N. First Ave. E.
10:20 a.m. 805 E. Fifth St.
10:25 a.m. W. Fourth St. at N. 10th Ave. W.
10:35 a.m. E. Eighth St. at N. Second Ave. E.
Piedmont Elementary Area
10:05 a.m. W. Fourth St. at N. 25th Ave. W.
10:05 a.m. N. 23rd Avenue W. at W. Sixth St.
10:20 a.m. Matterhorn Drive at Matterhorn Circle
10:20 a.m. Restormel St. at Michigan Ave.
10:20 a.m. N. 23rd Ave. W. at W. Second St.
10:35 a.m. W. Second St. at N. 28th Ave. W.
10:45 a.m. Karl Ave. at Harvey St.
Stowe Elementary Area
10 a.m. E. Heard St. at 98th Ave. W.
10:10 a.m. 86th Ave. W. at Concord St.
10:20 a.m. 103rd Ave. W. at W. Dickson St.
10:25 a.m. Hilton St. at 90th Ave. W.
10:30 a.m. E. Dickson St. at 97th Ave. W.
10:30 a.m. Clyde Ave. at N. 95th Ave. W.
10:45 a.m. Riverside Drive at Sunnyside St.
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