RED WING — With classes canceled this week over the COVID-19 pandemic, schools in Goodhue and Pierce counties will offer meals to students 18 and younger.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers made the decision to close schools in the Badger State on March 13. The closure begins tomorrow and will be in effect until at least April 6. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced a similar closure a few days later, starting tomorrow and going until at least March 27.
Below is a list of of what southeastern Minnesota schools are doing:
Ellsworth School District
Lunch will be provided at no cost from 12-4 p.m on school days during the closure. Meals can be picked up from the high school cafeteria entrance. Cars should pull up to the sidewalk by the stairs where a staff member will provide options for lunch.
Update 4:15 p.m. March 19: Starting Monday, March 23 two remote sites for student lunch pick up will be available. The hours of all pick up will be changed to 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The pick up locations include:
- Ellsworth Senior High School Gym lobby door (move down form the cafeteria/band door starting Friday, March 20)
- Bay City Post Office
- Our Saviors Lutheran Church
The district will have a red school district van at each remote site with two staff members to hand out free grab and go lunches for students.
River Falls School District
The River Falls School District will be offering free lunches to all children, the district announced on its website. Meals will be served during the week of spring break, as well.
To sign up for the meals, click here.
Elmwood, Spring Valley
The Elmwood and Spring Valley school districts did not have a free or charged meal program set up as of March 17.
Both districts have been asking parents and guardians to fill out surveys to determine food service needs.
The Plum City School District is also asking families to fill out a survey to determine food service needs.
Plum City School District survey link
Prescott School District
Update 12:28 p.m. March 31: Beginning Monday, April 6 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Prescott School District is providing breakfast and lunch for any child 18 and under who lives within the Prescott School District. Meals are provided at no cost during the mandated school closure. Check the district website, Infinite Campus or home email to see how to register. People may also contact the School Nutrition office prior to 3 p.m. on April 2 to also register (715-262-5389 option 4). Registration is required.
Goodhue Public Schools
Goodhue Public Schools will offer lunches that will be charged to students' accounts, according to the district's Facebook page.
The following prices will be charged:
- $2.90 per meal for grades 7-12
- $2.80 per meal for grades 4-6
- $2.70 per meal for grades K-3
Students that qualify for free or reduced-price meals will not be charged.
Lunches will be available for pick up from 11:30 a.m. to noon at the these locations:
- Bellechester Community Center
- Car Wash
- Dressen’s Saloon
- Featherstone Townhall
- Goodhue School - Door #1
- Roller Rink, Belle Creek
- St. Columbkill Church
- St. Peter’s Church, Belvidere
Parents and guardians will be able to submit lunch requests on a weekly basis while school is not in session.
Kenyon-Wanamingo School District
Students that are in need of a meal during the school closure can sign up to receive one from the Kenyon-Wanamingo School District.
The district will begin serving meals March 18. A lunch with a breakfast item in it will be available for pick up from 11 a.m. to noon during school days while school is out.
Students can pick up their elementary school or middle/high school.
Meal requests for students in grades K-6 have been emailed to parents and guardians. To sign up for meals for students in grades 7-12, follow this link.
Red Wing School District
The Red Wing School District will offer free breakfast and lunch at a variety of locations across the city starting March 18.
Each bag will contain a breakfast and lunch item.
Meals will be distributed at the following locations:
- Prairie Island Community Center (5363 Sturgeon Lake Rd.): 10-10:45 a.m.
- Red Wing Food Shelf (1755 Old W Main St.): 11-11:45 a.m.
- United Lutheran Church (628 W Fifth St.): 10-10:45 a.m.
- AP Anderson Park (101 Johnson Ave.): 10-10:45 a.m.
- Grandview Mobile Park (1003 Cottonwood Ave.): 11-11:45 a.m.
- Colvill Family Center (269 E Fifth St.): 10-10:45 a.m.
- Sunnyside Elementary (1668 Southwood Ave.): 11 a.m.-12 p.m., please call 651-385-4586 to preorder your meal.
- Pepin Woods Mobile Park (2118 Pioneer Rd.): 11-11:45 a.m.
- YMCA (434 Main St.): 10-10:45 a.m.
- South Park (1504 South Park St.): 11-11:45 a.m.
- Red Wing High School (2451 Eagle Ridge Drive): 11:00-11:45 a.m., please call 651-385-4620 to preorder your meal.
- Athletic Field (by the stadium, 1322 12th Street): 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
- Jefferson School (601 Buchanan St.) 11 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
- Building across from the old Econofoods parking lot (Tyler Road S.) 11 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
The district asks those arriving by car to park near the bus. Meals will be brought to your car. If walking, the district asks participants to line up and approach the bus as directed.
Weekend meals included with Friday meals.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa School District
Meals are being given to students at the door of the school. Each meal is a sack lunch which includes breakfast for the following morning. The meals are free and may be picked up between 11:00 and 12:30.
Lake City School District
Any student age 18 and under may receive a free sack lunch/breakfast meal. They are available each day from 11:30-1:00 for curbside pickup at Door 10 at Lincoln High School.
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