School Lunches During Coronavirus Closures

Congressman Kelly ArmstrongMy fellow North Dakotans,

Gov. Doug Burgum in conjunction with North Dakota education officials has ordered the closure of both public and non-public schools in North Dakota indefinitely in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus. This may present a challenge for families to provide meals for kids that are usually provided at their school. Several school districts and local businesses are stepping up to provide free meals for children during this time. Below is a non-exhaustive list of resources for some communities and school districts around our state. Please share this information with your family and friends.

Sincerely,

Kelly Armstrong
Member of Congress

 

*Updated 3/17/2020. Please check with the business or school district directly to ensure the meals are still being offered. 

Across the State

Grand Junction Grilled Subs are providing free meals to students in grades K-12 from Tuesday, March 17, through Sunday, March 22. The offer is good from 11 AM to 2 PM daily. No purchase necessary. The offer is good for dine-in, to-go, and Express Orders (no deliveries). Kids must be present for free kids meals. They have locations in Bismarck, Mandan, Grand Forks, Fargo North, Fargo West, and Minot. 

Bismarck

Bismarck Public Schools will be providing lunches for any child ages 1 through 18 regardless of if they attend public or private schools. The to-go bag will include lunch and the next day’s breakfast. Children will not be allowed to eat in the building. The to-go bags will be provided from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM each day of the closure Monday through Friday. The to-go bags can be picked up at the front door or the parking lot of the following schools:

  • Bismarck Early Childhood Education Program at Richholt
  • Grimsrud Elementary
  • Moses Elementary
  • Myhre Elementary
  • Wachter Middle
  • Bismarck High 
  • Century High 
  • South Central High
  • Will-Moore High 
  • Meals will also be offered at Cenex Gas Station roundabout in Lincoln

Bismarck and Mandan Pizza Ranch owners are offering a special during the school closures: Free medium one-topping pizza with the order of any medium pizza, good for pick-up or delivery.

Dickinson

Dickinson Pizza Ranch will be providing free kids meals for take-out starting Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 20. Please have the children present. The free kids meals will be offered between 11 AM and 12 PM and between 5 PM and 6 PM. One meal per child per meal period will be provided. No purchase is necessary.

Fargo

Fargo Public Schools will provide free meals for children Wednesday, March 18, through Friday, March 20, during the current school closure. Children must be present to receive meals. Children present will receive one cold breakfast meal and one cold lunch meal. Household names, residency, and home school are not needed for pick up. Meals will be available for children up to the age of 18, or older if receiving special education services. All children who are present will receive free meals while supplies last; parents need not be present to receive meals. The free meal distribution will be solely for the pick-up of meals; meals will not be consumed at the site.

Locations providing free meals:

Ed Clapp Elementary School, located at 3131 28th St S

  • Wednesday through Friday, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Enter the bus drop off loop in front of the school off of 28th Street S

Madison Elementary School, located at 1040 29th St N

  • Wednesday through Friday, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Enter the bus drop off loop on the north side of the school off of 11th Ave N

Jefferson Elementary School, located at 1701 4th Ave S

  • Wednesday through Friday, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Enter the parent drop off loop on the south side of the school off of 4th Ave S

North High School, located at 801 17th Ave N

  • Wednesday through Friday, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Enter the student parking lot on the south side of the school off of 17th Ave N

South High School, located at 1840 15th Ave S

  • Wednesday through Friday, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Enter the student parking lot on the south side of the school off of 17th Ave S

Grafton

Grafton Public Schools will be distributing lunch and breakfast meals to all families starting Wednesday, March 18th, to be picked up at the following places.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Central Middle School (1548 School Road, Grafton) at the bus stop

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Century Elementary School (1542 School Rd, Grafton) at Door 8

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

  • Chase Skate Park at the bus stop

Grand Forks

Grand Forks Public Schools will provide grab and go meals to students 18-years-old and younger on regularly scheduled school days at no cost. Lunch and breakfast will be served at the same time (lunch for today and breakfast for tomorrow). Families and kids can pick up the sack lunches at the labeled door and take the meal home as the meals cannot be eaten on site. All students can eat for free and are able to access meals at any of the locations listed, even if it is not their home school. If any student or chaperone of a student is exhibiting cold or flu-like symptoms, officials ask them to please stay in the vehicle. These meals will be served from 11 AM - 1 PM at the following schools this week starting on Tuesday, March 17th:

  • Ben Franklin Elementary School (1016 S 20th St.)
  • Century Elementary School (3351 17th Ave. S)
  • J Nelson Kelly Elementary School (3000 Cherry St.)
  • Lake Agassiz Elementary School (605 Stanford Rd.)
  • Phoenix Elementary School (351 4th Ave. S)
  • Viking Elementary School (809 22nd Ave. S)
  • Wilder Elementary School (1009 N 3rd St.)
  • Winship Elementary School (1412 5th Ave. N)
  • Elroy Schroeder Middle School (800 32nd Ave. S)
  • Valley Middle School (2100 5th Ave. N)
  • Grand Forks Central High School (115 N 4th St.)
  • Red River High School (2211 17th Ave. S)

Jamestown

Jamestown Public Schools will be providing grab-and-go school meals beginning Tuesday, March 17. Students will receive lunch along with breakfast for the following day. Meals will be available from 11 AM to 1 PM in the drop off zones at the middle schools and at the pool doors location at Jamestown High School. We recommend that you visit the pick-up location closest to your home. If you are having difficulty picking up meals, please call your school’s main office. The meals can be picked up at the following locations:

  • Washington Middle School
  • Jefferson Middle School
  • Persell Middle School
  • Jamestown High School

Mandan

Mandan Public Schools will be offering free meals daily at the schools listed below. The free meal distribution will be solely for picking up meals as meals cannot be consumed on-site. Please look for a large white delivery truck at each site for food distribution. 

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Mary Stark Elementary School (405 8th Ave SE, Mandan)

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

  • Custer Elementary School (205 8th Ave NE, Mandan)

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

  • Twin City Estates (3001 Twin City Dr.)

Bismarck and Mandan Pizza Ranch owners are offering a special during the school closures: Free medium one-topping pizza with the order of any medium pizza, good for pick-up or delivery.

Minot

Minot Public Schools are offering brown-bag meal services beginning March 17, 2020. This will include a lunch for the current day and a breakfast for the next morning. There is no cost for these meals, which are available for all MPS students and adults with disabilities. Parents can pick up meals at the main entrance of the schools listed below. You will not need to leave your vehicle; school personnel will deliver the meals to you. If you live in walking distance, just visit with school personnel located outside the school. Meals will be offered from 11 AM to 1 PM at the following schools:

  • Longfellow
  • Magic City Campus
  • Washington
  • Sunnyside
  • Perkett
  • Roosevelt.

Please visit the MPS website for additional information: www.bit.ly/MPSCOVID

Minot Hockey Boosters are offering free lunch to school-aged kids Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 1 PM outside of Maysa Arena. They will be bringing food to vehicles, and no food will be picked up inside the arena. The boosters will have taco in a bag, hamburgers, and hot dogs available. You can Facebook message the group or text any of the following numbers when you arrive: 701-389-0140, 701-240-1542, or 701-340-4878.

Valley City

Valley City Public Schools is offering curbside meal pick up Monday through Friday for all children PreK through age 18 while school is closed for COVID-19 precautions. All you have to do is drive through or walk up (drivers please watch out for children walking). Parents, grandparents or other adults can pick up for children or kids can come by themselves. Children need not be present, just let us know how many you are picking up for. Both breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Locations and time slots for drive-through or curbside pick-up meal services:

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

  • Jefferson School, 1150 Central Ave N, north drive through entrance
  • City Park, 221 5th Ave SW

11:30 AM - 11:45 AM

  • St. Catherine’s Church, 506 3rd Ave NE, parking lot to the south
  • Washington School, 510 8th Ave SW, west entrance
  • Sheyanne Valley Career and Tech Center, 801 Valley Ave SE

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM

  • Hinschberger Park, corner of 6th Ave and 2nd St NE
  • Former Shopko parking lot, 727 15th Ave SW

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

  • Valley City Jr Sr High School, 493 Central Ave N, door 6

Wahpeton

Wahpeton Public Schools will be offering free grab-and-go meals everyday at Wahpeton Elementary School (1235 12 St N) through two options.

Option 1:

Breakfast and lunch bags will be available at the Elementary School door #9 only. Door #9 is located in the Northwest Corner of the school. Please look for the big garage door facing north just off Loy Ave.

Pick-Up Times:

  • 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
  • 11:00 AM - 12:30 AM

You can pick up both breakfast and lunch at the same time.

Option 2:

The school system will be delivering meals according to bus stops. A schedule is available on their website here. They will deliever once a day with both a lunch bag and breakfast bag.

Watford City

Watford City Intermediate School will be handling lunches for McKenzie County Public School District for the rest of the week for students who need them. Sack lunches will be handed out daily from 12:30 PM until 3:00 PM at the Watford City Intermediate School (100 Third Street NE) at Door #11. This will be a pick-up only service - lunches will be brought to your car. Students need not be present for pick up however student information will be collected.

If you are not able to pick up lunches during the 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM pick-up time, Harlow’s Bus Service will also be delivering to designated pick-up locations listed below. Please call the Intermediate School office by 11:30 AM (701-444-3626, Option 3) with your student(s) name and bus route #. You only need to call once for the remainder of the school closure. Each designated location will have some extra lunches in the event that you did not get a chance to call. The bus delivery will leave the Intermediate School at 12:00 PM and will arrive at the designated locations between 12:05 PM and 12:30 PM and remain there until 1:00 PM.

Lunch Pick-up Bus Stop Locations:

  • 21E & County RD #30
  • Zoe Rd at M&M Trailer by Red Barn
  • 7th Ave & Hunter’s Run
  • Bison Run by Park
  • Prairie Heights
  • Legacy bus stop
  • Fairgrounds @ 11th & 2nd Ave SE
  • South Pheasant Ridge & 11th Ave

If these locations do not work for you, please call the Intermediate School Office (701-444-3626, Option 3) and they will arrange for another bus stop location to drop off lunches for your student(s).

West Fargo

West Fargo Public Schools will provide free meals to children from Tuesday, March 17, through Friday, March 20. Free meals will be available for any child up to the age of 18 (up to 21 if receiving special education services). Under the USDA guidelines, children must be present to receive the meal and to allow the school district to receive reimbursements from the state and federal government. In instances where health concerns keep a child at home in order to protect the health and wellbeing of the community, exceptions may be made onsite.

The sites listed are solely for the pick-up of meals. There will be no accommodations available for meals to be consumed on site. Meals will be distributed for a 30-minute period, or until all meals have been distributed, whichever occurs first. Grab & Go breakfasts and lunches will be provided at the following sites at the times specified below. Please look for a yellow school bus at these locations:  

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM 

  • Buena Vista Neighborhood: Near Community Mailboxes on Montego Ave, Fargo
  • Berger Elementary School: 631 4th Ave E, West Fargo
  • Petro Truck Stop Neighborhood: Intersection of 21st Ave S and 49th St S, Fargo
  • South Elementary School: 117 6th Ave W, West Fargo
  • Willow Park Elementary School: 4901 15th Ave S, Fargo

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

  • Meadow Ridge Neighborhood: 23rd St E Cul-de-sac, northeast of Meadow Ridge Parkway, West Fargo
  • Village West Dog Park: 4415 9th Ave Circle S, Fargo
  • Rasmussen College: 4012 19th Ave S, Fargo
  • Sheyenne High School: 800 40th Ave E, West Fargo