Food Resources for Families: Free Kid’s Lunch & Food Pantries

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Food Resources Fargo

There’s a lot happening in our communities right now, but we can all agree that no child should go hungry over concerns that they don’t have enough food to get by. With schools closed for now, many non-profits and businesses have stepped up to make sure our kiddos have a good meal to eat. 

We have compiled a list of food pantries, restaurants, and schools that are offering free lunches for kids in our community.   

YMCA Cass-Clay COVID-19 Meal Program

Suppers and snacks are distributed to-go-style every weekday FREE of charge to children ages 18 years and younger at eight locations in the FM area.

A vehicle (labeled with a Y logo) will be parked in the front parking lot near each of the school’s front doors distributing the meals to families during the distribution times listed below. Each child will receive one ‘to go’ meal bag per day, which will be distributed via walk-up to families (for sites in which there may be a line, we encourage individuals to stand six or more feet apart from each other). Each meal bag will include supper and a snack. Suppers will include the following components: protein, grain, vegetable, fruit and milk. Each snack will include two of the five dinner components (will vary by day). All meals meet standards established by the USDA.

Please see the YMCA website for distribution locations and times. 

Great Plains Food Bank

The Great Plains Food Bank will be partnering with the West Fargo Little Red Reading Bus to provide supper meals at 2 of their Monday night locations:

Meals will be provided from June 1st through August 10th. 

West Fargo Public Schools

For an interactive map of summer lunch programs through the USDA (including West Fargo Public Schools), see their website or text 877877 to find meals near you.

For the month of June, FREE meals will be available for families to pickup at the following locations and times every Monday-Friday: 

11:00-11:15 a.m.

  • 49th Avenue and 47th Street South (on street parking)
  • Osgood Elementary School (north bus loop)
  • Aurora Elementary School (east bus loop)
  • Amber Valley Neighborhood (entrance to Novum parking lot)
  • Buena Vista Neighborhood (at mailboxes on Montego)
  • Lodoen Community Center (west side of building, on 3rd Street)
  • Petro (21st Avenue and 49th Street, Fargo)
  • Cheney Middle School (west side parent parking lot)
  • L.E. Berger Elementary School (north side bus loop) 
  • West Fargo High School (main entrance loop)

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Horace Fire Station (water tower lot)
  • Westside Elementary School (north driveway)
  • Legacy Elementary School (east parent lot)
  • Dog Park (in dog park parking lot)
  • Meadowridge (23rd Court and Meadowridge)
  • South Elementary School (east side parent dropoff)
  • 18th Avenue and 40th Street South (on street parking)
  • Sheyenne High School (south bus loop)
  • Eastwood Elementary School (parking lot main entrance)
  • Willow Park Elementary School (south parking lot)

Friday pick-ups will include meals for the weekend. Free meals will be available for any child up to the age of 18 (up to 21 if receiving special education services).

Please note that the sites listed above 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 the time periods outlined above, or until all meals have been distributed, whichever occurs first.

There will be no meal service on July 1-5. An updated list of locations and times will be distributed for July 6-31. 

Fargo Public Schools

For an interactive map of summer lunch programs through the USDA (including Fargo Public Schools), see their website or text 877877 to find meals near you.

Beginning Friday, May 29, Fargo Public Schools will provide free grab and go meals to all children on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays until Monday, June 29 as part of a summer meal schedule.

Meals will be provided using a drive-through or walk-up meal pick-up process. There will be no distribution on Tuesday or Thursday as meals on Monday will include two days and Wednesday will include three meals. Breakfast and lunch meals for Saturday and Sunday will be provided at Friday’s meal pickup.

Free meals will be available for any child up to the age of 18 (up to 21 if receiving special education services). The free meal distribution will be solely for the pick-up of meals; meals will not be consumed at the site. Families may go to any location to receive a meal and are asked to watch for the yellow school bus. Children do not need to be present to receive a meal as long as an approved form of identification is presented at the meal pick-up site.

Approved forms of identification are: K-12 Student ID card from any school/school district, bus bag tag from any K-12 school/school district, or student’s name or lunch account/Student ID number (subject to verification at time of pick-up)

9:50—10:15 a.m. Distribution Time

  • Longfellow Elementary School, Bus Loop
  • Cash Wise Parking Lot, 34th St & 13th Ave.

10:15—11:00 a.m. Distribution Time

Bennett Elementary School, Bus Loop

10:35—10:55 a.m. Distribution Time

  • North High School, South Parking Lot
  • Madison Elementary School, Bus Loop

11:15—11:35 a.m. Distribution Time

  • Horace Mann Elementary School, Parking Lot
  • Jefferson Elementary School, Bus Loop

11:45 a.m.—12:15 p.m. Distribution Time

Centennial Elementary School, Parent Loop

11:55 a.m.—12:15 p.m. Distribution Time

  • Clara Barton Elementary School, West Parking Lot
  • South High School, South Parking Lot

12:30—1:00 p.m. Distribution Time

  • Kennedy Elementary School, Parent Loop
  • Courts Plus (Eagles Elementary School), South Parking Lot
  • Ed Clapp Elementary School, Parent Loop

Meals will be distributed for the time periods outlined above, or until all meals have been distributed, whichever occurs first. Households may request meals to accommodate diet restrictions by contacting the Nutrition Services Department (701-446-154 or e-mail [email protected]) by 5:00 p.m. for the following day. Medical documentation will be required if not already on file with the Nutrition Services Department.

Moorhead Public Schools

Moorhead Area Public Schools is participating in the Summer Food Service Program for 2019. Meals will beprovided to all children in the Moorhead area, ages 1-18, free of charge. Children may eat at any site. (Dates and times are subject to change.)

Meals will be provided at Moorhead High School at the following dates and times:

  • Moorhead High School, 2300 4th Ave. S., June 11-28 and July 8-July 26, 7:45-8:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday

Mobile Sites

Lunch will be provided from June 11-28 and July 8-Aug. 9 at the following mobile sites and times (mobile sites will close in case of extreme weather conditions such as thunderstorm or excessive heat):

  • Northeast Park, 1817 8th Ave. N., 11-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday
  • Arrowhead Park, 2600 6th Ave. N., 11:45 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday
  • Bennett Park, 302 17th St. S., 12:15-12:45 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • Belsley Park, 3500 12th St. S., 11:05-11:35 a.m. Monday-Friday
  • Queens Park, 3201 20th St. S., 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • Romkey Park, 900 19th St. S., 12:30-1 p.m. Monday-Friday

Additionally, the YMCA is offering the summer food program at Ellen Hopkins Elementary School, 2020 11th St. S., and Robert Asp Elementary School, 910 11th St. N. From June 5-Aug. 29, Monday-Friday, lunch will be served from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and a cold supper will be served from 4-5 p.m.

Heart-n-Soul Community Cafe

Do you know of anyone in need of a weekend lunch? Please contact [email protected] or message us on Facebook. Lunches include s meat and cheese sandwich with, fruit and a veggie pack, chips and a cookie. 

Salvation Army

Address: 304 Roberts St N (Fargo)

Phone: (701) 2325565

Daily meals are no longer being served inside, but are being made available for takeout. Breakfast and lunch are available Monday-Friday between 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sunday the only meal available is 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Churches United/Micah’s Mission

Address: 1901 1st Ave N (Moorhead)

Phone: 218-236-0372 ext. 242

No longer serving meals inside but can pick up a sack lunch. Ring the doorbell and they will bring one out to you 7 days a week from Noon – 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Contact Brady at [email protected] or 218-236-0372 ext 242. 

Food Pantries

Please visit Fargo Moorhead Community Resources Facebook Page for more information on food bank locations and hours. 

Click here for an interactive map of where local fresh produce is donated. Scroll down to select “Produce Donation Sites” (they will appear by orange pins). 

Pandemic EBT Program

For more information on the Pandemic-EBT program, please see the the State of North Dakota website

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