Food & Nutrition

Free School Meal Boxes for All Youth

All families are invited to pick up free school meal boxes for their children. School meal boxes contain five breakfasts and five lunches and meet Minneapolis Public Schools Culinary & Wellness Services’ (MPS CWS) high standards for nutrition and quality ingredients. In every box, children will find school favorites, whole grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables. Milk is offered on the side, up to ten milk cartons per box.

  • All youth 18 & under can participate.
  • Youth do not need to be enrolled in MPS.
  • Youth, parents, or siblings can pick up one box per child, per week.
  • Pick up at any of the 29 school sites - no registration required.
  • All sites are open Monday through Friday, most from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a few have extended hours of 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. - WHITTIER'S HOURS ARE 11 AM - 5 PM 

WHITTIER FOOD PICKUP:  11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday – Friday at Door #8 – THAT’S THE GARAGE DOOR.  Please knock (don’t buzz) and someone will be out to help you.  You will need to wear a mask.

  • All students will have True Food ID card that will be used as an identifier for CWS staff.
  • For the first two weeks students can pick up TF Id cards at their enrolled school.
  • Tables will be used to ensure a contactless delivery.
  • Families are able to get one box per enrolled student for the week.
  • On a 5-day school week there will be 5 breakfast and 5 lunches in each box. Milk is optional and offered on the side. Families can select up to 10 milk per box.

Please follow this link for more information about School Meal Box Pickup.

Please visit the City of Minneapolis Homegrown website for an interactive map of food shelf locations.

Follow this link for Thanksgiving Baskets and Meals – Statewide 2020 – United Way 211



How you can help - Food Donations

1) Consider donating to AchieveMpls in the name of the school community you wish to support:

2) Consider donating to food shelves in Minneapolis:

Twin Cities Mutual Aid Project is the most up-to-date website for resources at this time.  Here you'll find real-time information about sites that are distributing food, household essentials and other resources for families experiencing need during this time.