Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) announced it will continue serving free meals to all children 18 and under through Friday, August 21. Since schools closed on March 17, MPS Culinary & Wellness Services (CWS) has served more than 2 million free meals — Monday-Friday, rain or shine — to youth across Minneapolis through weekly food boxes.
Each food box stays true to the MPS CWS mission — to nurture all children with access to quality food and active living. The free food boxes include items for seven breakfasts and seven lunches and are filled with fresh produce and true food ingredients that meet the district’s high bar for nutrition.
MPS CWS’s “True Food” philosophy means food is made with fresh, whole ingredients that support the wellbeing of students, the community, and the environment. It means nutrient-rich food free from high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, artificial colors and flavors.
Though the way MPS CWS prepares food quickly shifted in the pandemic, the commitment to True Food remains steadfast. Some recent offerings from the free food boxes for children include tamales, Ferndale turkey burgers, whole grain french toast bread, melon, sugar snap peas, and cherry tomatoes.
Families can pick-up food boxes at 50 schools and parks across Minneapolis Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To keep families and staff safe, sites offer contact-free pick-up. All youth are invited to participate in this program and do not need to be enrolled in MPS to receive food boxes. Youth, parents, or siblings can pick up one box for each child in their family, per week.More information can be found at cws.mpls.k12.mn.us/covid19.
Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is a temporary food benefit available to Minnesota families with children who would have received free or reduced-price meals if schools were open. Families with eligible children will receive a one-time payment of $325 per child on a new or existing EBT card to help fill the gap created by a loss of school meals. The deadline to apply has been extended, so families need to complete the application by July 31.
Please note that if your child attended a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school, you should qualify for the P-EBT benefit.
38th & Pleasant (SW corner), Sunday May 17th, 10:30 AM- 12:30 PM
If you are experiencing, or anticipating, a shortage of grocery staples in the coming week, please know you are invited to participate in the Incarnation/Sagrado de Corazon Grocery Distribution Event this coming Sunday. Intended for low-income households, or those that have difficulties accessing food, there is no cost to participate in this event. Enough groceries will be available to provide food-security for the coming week to 1100 families.
Participants are asked to arrive by car, if possible. Four lanes will be formed and be directed to enter the parking lot from Pleasant Avenue. Boxes of groceries will be placed in your car by volunteers. Each box contains enough calories of food to feed a family of four for an entire week. Much of the food is dried or canned so will be shelf-stable.
Please know that you are welcome to share this information with others in our broader community. Zip codes will be collected at the event to allow for increased food distribution at this location in the coming weeks.
If you are interested in supporting this outreach you can make direct financial donations to the Incarnation COVID-19 Food Shelf at this link: http://bit.ly/IncarnationFoodShelf
Organized by Incarnation Church/Sagrado de Corazon
Neighborhood volunteers took to the streets the past few weeks and collected the locations and photos of each of Kingfield’s Little Free Libraries. Take a look at the map and plan your daily walk past a new one, to see if you can find a treasure, or to empty your recently cleared-out bookshelf into!
Remember to practice safe social distancing while walking, and we recommend bringing an antibacterial wipe to clean off the doorknob, as well as the covers of any books you choose to borrow.
See a Photo Album of the libraries on Facebook!