When Minnesota schools were shut down in mid-March due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Detroit Lakes Public Schools immediately began offering free lunch and breakfast for parent pickup to help keep students dependent on the district for regular meals from going hungry.

Now, there's a home-delivered option available as well.

"We are delivering to homes per parent request," Detroit Lakes Superintendent Doug Froke said Friday, March 27. "Parents should call into the food service department at 847-2309 or email them at foodservice@detlakes.k12.mn.us for more information."

The pickup service will also remain open during the extended school closure, Froke said Families are able to pick up meals for students enrolled in the district at any of three locations:

  • The front entrance of Detroit Lakes High School,
  • the parent pickup lane at the Middle School/Roosevelt Elementary
  • and the Richwood Store in the village of Richwood, north of Detroit Lakes.
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Froke noted that between the three pickup sites and home delivery, the district had served 1,142 meals in just one day on Thursday, March 26, which was "pretty amazing."

Meals are available for curbside pickup only, as no in-school meal venues will be open until at least Monday, May 4, per the executive order issued by Gov. Tim Walz. Families can pick up student meals at the Richwood Store and the middle school/Roosevelt parent pickup lane anytime between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. weekdays, and between 7 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays at the high school.

"Each (meal package) will include lunch for that day, and breakfast for the following day," Froke said. District-owned buses are being used for home delivery of meals, but as the requests for meal delivery increase, they may need to employ drivers from other local bus services as well.

Detroit Lakes Public Schools is also continuing to offer free child care to district-enrolled, school-age children (12 years and younger) of emergency care workers in the following categories:

  • Health care staff: All health care providers and systems, including hospitals and clinics; post-acute and long-term care facilities, including nursing homes and assisted living facilities; and other health systems and organizations, such as home care workers, personal care assistants, ambulance and EMS workers, direct care and treatment providers and mental health providers.
  • Other emergency staff, including: First responders, firefighters, correctional services (aka probation) personnel; and essential city, county and state government employees.

School-age care is provided from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the building where each child typically attends school: Roosevelt, Rossman, Detroit Lakes Middle School or high school. Breakfast, lunch and a snack are provided as part of the service.

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