Dozens Of Generous Minnesota Restaurants Offer Free Lunches To Schoolchildren Amidst Closures

Some restaurants have also begun offering delivery or curbside pickup to limit human traffic and reduce the chances of COVID-19 infection.

A sign announces free lunches at Manager Restaurant & Wine Bar.

Dozens of restaurants and are proving that “Minnesota nice” is more than just a saying as they offer free meals to children in need while school is out of session across the state.

Governor Walz announced a 10-day closure of all K-12 Minnesota schools, Sunday. This closure will run from March 18 to March 27. In his announcement this emergency measure, Walz noted “that there are a significant portion of Minnesota students who get the bulk of their nutrition in schools.”

To remedy this problem, generous Minnesota restaurant owners and churches have stepped up to the plate and will be providing free meals to children while school is out of session, according to KSTP News.

“Starting Monday, March 16th 2020, We will offer FREE breads and goodies bags to those families in need during the school closure due to CORONAVIRUS. No purchase necessary, no questions asked and no judgment pass,” Great Harvest in Maple Grove announced via Facebook.

Bags of free meals sit ready to be distributed to school children in need at Great Harvest. (Image credit: Facebook/Great Harvest Maple Grove)

Cafe Cravings in White Bear will also be giving children free sandwiches between 10am-2pm while schools are closed, according to the cafe’s Facebook page.

Manager Restaurant and Bar in Bayport says that it plans to provide free sandwiches anonymously to needy members of its community by leaving its patio stocked with meals to go.

However, sandwiches aren’t the only option available to young, hungry, Minnesotans during this time of need. Que Viet in Minneapolis will offer free fried rice, Piada Italian Street Food is giving out free pasta to Minneapolis students and Umi Sushi and Hibachi in Blaine is providing lo mein.

Many other restaurants and churches across the state have also announced plans to alleviate the struggles of hungry children while schools are closed, according to KTSP.

Some restaurants have also begun offering curbside pickup or delivery options amidst the coronavirus outbreak. This measure seems aimed at reducing the potential for the virus to spread in normally crowded eating establishments.

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