Schools provide free breakfasts and lunches for students

The grab-and-go meals for both breakfast and lunch will be distributed at specified schools starting Monday, March 23 or Tuesday, March 24. Some offer delivery.

Cover Photo: Kitchen staff prepare sack lunches for students. Photo by KCMO Public Schools.

Public schools provide meals to students

In response to the school closures due to the coronovirus, area public schools are providing free meals to students in their districts. The grab-and-go meals for both breakfast and lunch will be distributed at specified schools starting Monday, March 23 or Tuesday, March 24. Some schools have set up delivery. All children under the age of 18 are eligible.

Center School District 

Center Schools will provide sack meals at all four elementary schools from 10 – 11 am, starting Monday, March 23.  Distribution will take place at the school parking lots. Families are encouraged to stay in their cars. Children must be present in order to receive the meals. Distribution is Monday through Friday.

The district  has partnered with Sodexo and Student Transportation of America to deliver the free meals to its students. The meals will be delivered between 8 and 10 a.m. For a list of scheduled bus stops, click on CSD Complimentary Meals

In addition, Lead to Read has donated free books for students (elementary level) that will be available at the stops and the elementary parking lots on Monday.

Comcast and Charter are offering free internet service to some qualifying families.

For more information, call 816-349-3300 during regular school hours.

Grandview School District 

The Grandview School District will be providing grab-and-go meals to all children in the Grandview community starting Monday, March 23. Pick up sites will be at the elementary, middle and high schools from 8:30 to 11:30 daily.  Meals will include breakfast and lunch. There will be designated areas for drive-up and walk-up service but the buildings will not be open to the public.

The school district will also provide delivery to all major apartment complexes and consolidated neighborhood sites. Drop off times range between 8 to 10:30 am, depending on the location. Buses will remain at sites for 15 minutes to distribute food. An allowance will be made for large apartment complexes. 

Click on the meal delivery schedule for a complete list of drop off sites and times.

Hickman Mills

The Hickman Mills School District will begin a free meal distribution at schools and via bus routes on Tuesday, March 24.  Distribution will be at all elementary schools and bus routes. Students must be present. Distribution will take place in school parking lots between 10 am -and 2 pm for students who live within walking distance.

Apple Bus will distribute Grab & Go meals following designated bus routes to students who live outside of walking distance to their neighborhood school. All students along the bus route, even those who do not ride the bus, may receive a meal.  Buses will follow the elementary bus routes at 10:00 am. Secondary routes will begin at 2 pm.

Routes are posted here.  The bus will stop for a few moments at each stop to distribute meals, and then proceed to the next stop.

Food at KCMO Public Schools is prepared by Child Nutrition Services staff in the Central Kitchen. Photo by KCMO Public Schools.


Kansas City MO

The Kansas City MO School District is providing free breakfast and lunch for each enrolled student starting Tuesday, March 24. Each child will receive a packet with two breakfasts and two lunches per distribution day at the following locations: Northeast High School (415 Van Brunt Blvd.); Central High School (3221 Indiana Ave.); East High School (1924 Van Brunt Blvd.), and African-Centered College Preparatory Academy-Lower Campus (6410 Swope Pkwy).

Students will need their school ID to pick up food and meals. Those who don’t have their IDs, will be check through the Tyler Student Information System.

Times for meal distribution are 7 – 11 am and 1 – 6 pm.

The district has also established a special sign up link for families who need direct delivery of food. This includes children who are in our Students in Transition Program (homeless) and those who are in our special education programs.

For information, families that need home delivery can email or call 816.418.3663 (FOOD). The district will deliver food to students with special dietary needs and to  homeless students.


The Blue Valley School District will make school breakfasts and lunches available starting Tuesday, March 24. Pick up starts at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. at four locations: Blue Valley Academy, 7500 W. 149 Terr.; Overland Trail Middle School, 6201 W. 133 St.; Oxford Middle School, 12500 Switzer, and Indian Valley Elementary School, 11600 Knox.

Food Services staff will distribute meals from kitchen dock entrances and deliver directly to vehicles. No sign up is necessary. Children must be present during pick up. District families can receive meals from any site regardless of school attended.


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