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FREE Summer Meals Are Back!

posted May 28, 2021, 12:32 PM by Brenda Williams
The USDA has announced the extension of the ‘free meals’ waiver that will allow all children ages 18 and under to receive free breakfast and free lunch through the 2021 – 2022 school year. Previously the waiver ended on June 30, 2021. USDA has extended this waiver because when school is not in session many children cannot access the school meals they depend on during the academic year.

What does this mean for you? This means the Pequot Lakes School District will be providing free meal pick-ups throughout the summer.  This will take place every Monday morning, starting June 7 through August 30, at the High school, door # 1, between 9 am and 11 am.    (With the exception of no pick up on July 5, but instead, a pick up on July 6.)  We will provide a pack of 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches per child. Please note this is for all children ages 18 and under. Younger children do not need to be enrolled in school, and if you have a child staying with you for the summer, they qualify also.

How do I get signed up? You must sign up with Patty Buell, Food Service Director for the school district. You are signing up for the whole summer. We will have a 5-pack of breakfasts and lunches ready for each child you sign up, every week through August 30. If you are unable to make it on a Monday, please email or call Patty Buell by Sunday at 5pm so we can avoid waste.

School districts and the USDA have partnered together to do everything they can to make sure children get access to healthy, nutritious meals in safe environments, regardless of their family’s financial circumstances.

To sign up: contact Patty Buell at or 218-568-9363.

-- Patty Buell, Food Service Director