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Free Lunches For Lakes Area Kids


Brainerd ISD 181 Child Nutrition Services will continue to provide free meals to all children 18 and under by providing a Curbside Pickup site from Tues. June 1st through August 26.  The Summer Meal Program 2021 will be held at the Washington Education Service Building (at 804 Oak Street) in Brainerd where parents can pick up meals between 11:00-12:30 Monday through Thursday each week.  Delivery is NOT available.  Closed July 5th.  Learn more here.


Operation Sandwich will once again be providing Summer Lunch Kits to kids and families in need across the lakes area.
Beginning Thurs. June 3rd, lunch kits can be picked up Thursdays (through 9/2) at
Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brainerd between 1:00-1:30
or at the trail parking area on Grand Oaks Drive in Baxter from 5:30-6:00.
Kits can also be picked up at the Pine River Chamber of Commerce between 11:30 and 12:00…
Jenkins Veterans Park from 12:30-1:00….
Pequot Lakes Trailside Park from 11:30-12:00…
Nisswa Elementary from 12:30-1:00.
The kits come with 5 days of lunch supplies for your family including bread, peanut butter, jelly, granola bars, additional/varying snacks and fresh produce at no cost.  Request for meals must be made in advance.  To request meals or learn more, visit Bridges of Hope’s website

Nutritious lunches
will be available to area youth again this summer through the Cuyuna Lakes Lunch Bunch, a free program organized by area churches and Cuyuna Regional Medical Center.  The lunches are available on weekdays starting now through Friday, Sept. 3, ((except for Memorial Day and July 4)). They will be at the following locations:
11:15 to 11:35 a.m. in Ironton at Grandpa’s Park; ….
11:45 a.m.-12:05 p.m. at Crosby Food Shelf, 302 Cross Ave.; ….
12:15 to 12:35 p.m. in Deerwood American Legion parking lot.

Volunteers preparing and distributing lunches will take all safety precautions including wearing gloves and masks.  The Cuyuna Lakes Lunch Bunch’s goal is to provide meals for students who normally receive free or reduced lunches through school programs. The lunches are prepared and distributed by several local volunteers and employees of CRMC.  Learn more here.