Brainerd Area News | Tess Taylor

Free Lunches For Brainerd Lakes Area Kids


It’s sad to say, but for many Brainerd Lakes area children, summer break can be a nervous time for them.   When school is in session, they are guaranteed a meal…. most often lunch.   And for some, that could be their only decent meal of the day.  When summer break time comes around, no school often means no meal.  But, thanks to many wonderful organizations, donors, and volunteers, that lunchtime meal can still be enjoyed.  If your family is in need of a healthy meal for your children, or you know about a family that may benefit from these services, please share this information.

Operation Sandwich, hosted by Bridges of Hope, will continue its weekly summer food distribution operations with FOOD PICK-UP on THURSDAYS throughout the summer.  Those who need the meals will pick up a bag of food that will provide a week’s worth of lunches for your family.  If you need summer lunches for your family, free of charge, you must sign-up in advance between FRIDAY at 10:00 and TUESDAY at 10:00 to pick up the food on THURSDAY.  Sign up and/or learn more at the Bridges of Hope website.

Pick up times/locations on THURSDAYS are
10:30-11:00           Lutheran Church of the Cross in NISSWA
11:30-12:00           Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in PEQUOT LAKES
11:30-12:00           Chamber of Commerce in PINE RIVER
12:30-1:00             Veteran’s Park in JENKINS
1:00-1:30               The Bridge on 7th in BRAINERD
5:30-6:00              Trail Parking Lot on Grand Oaks Dr. in BAXTER


The Cuyuna Lakes Lunch Bunch will once again be providing free lunches to kids in need this summer.  Starting Mon. June 5th through Fri. Sept. 1st, lunches will be distributed weekdays at Cuyuna Lakes Area locations (NO MEALS served on Tues. July 4).

The times and locations are as follows:
11:00-11:10            Veteran’s Park in DEERWOOD
11:20-11:30           Grandpa’s Park in IRONTON
    11:35-11:45            Assembly of God Church in CROSBY
11:50-12:00           Cuyuna Range Food Shelf in CROSBY

To those who give of their time, talents and resources to make these programs possible, THANK YOU.  These operations cannot work without you and your donations and/or contributions.

Enjoy your summer – with a full tummy!