Brainerd Area News | Tess Taylor

Free Summer 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 hits, 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.


Free nutritious lunches will be made available once again as part of the Cuyuna Lakes Lunch Bunch organized by CRMC and area churches.  (The group’s goal is to provide meals for students who normally receive free or reduced lunches through school programs.) The lunches will available on weekdays now through Fri, Sept. 2, ((except for Monday, July 4)).
They will be at the following locations:
11:15 to 11:30              Ironton at Grandpa’s Park, located behind Mac Daddy’s Donut Garage
11:35-11:50                  Assembly of God Church in Crosby, 604 Oak Street
11:55-12:10                  Cuyuna Range Food Shelf, 302 Cross Ave. in Crosby
12:15 to 12:30              Deerwood American Legion, 23569 Forest Road

The Cuyuna Lakes Lunch Bunch’s goal is to provide meals for students who normally receive free or reduced lunches through school programs.  To learn more, visit CRMC’s webpage.


Operation Sandwich along with Bridges of Hope, will provide Summer ’22 Lunch Kits to families in need of a meal every THURSDAY during the summer months (through Sept. 1).  Lunch supplies for five days will be provided to families in need that will include bread, peanut butter, jelly, granola bars and other items, including fresh fruit at no cost.  However, if you would like to pick up a lunch kit, you must put in your request EACH WEEK.  Sign up online at\OpSandRequest or through the Bridges of Hope website.

Pick up locations, then, will be:
Pine River                     11:30-12:00            Chamber of Commerce
Pequot Lakes               11:30-12;00            Our Saviors Lutheran Church
Jenkins                          12:30-1:00              Veterans Park
Nisswa                           12:30-1:00              Nisswa Elementary School
Brainerd                        1:00-1:30                Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Baxter                            5:30-6:00                Grand Oaks Dr. Trail Parking Lot


DONATIONS are always appreciated to both of these groups.  Click on their links for donation information.

Thank you!