Where to Get Free Lunch for Kids in the Cedar Rapids Area {COVID-19}

While schools are closed due to Coronavirus, Cedar Rapids area school districts and businesses are providing free lunches to children who need it. We’ve compiled a list of Cedar Rapids schools and restaurants that are offering free lunches to children. Know of one that should be added? Please email us at info(at)crmoms.com!

Free Lunches for Kids in Cedar Rapids*Times and locations are subject to change. Please verify ahead of time before visiting. We will continue to update this resource as more information becomes available!

Where to Get Free Lunch for Kids in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Community School District

The Cedar Rapids Community School District is providing lunch and breakfast pick-up Monday-Friday from 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. beginning March 23rd at the following locations:

    • Arthur Elementary School
    • Grant Elementary School
    • Grant Wood Elementary School
    • Hoover Elementary School
    • Johnson Elementary School
    • Taylor Elementary School
    • Nixon Elementary School
    • Wright Elementary School
    • Roosevelt Middle School
    • Johnson STEAM Academy

Meals are for children 18 and under. Children must be present and do not have to be students at these sites to attend. Meals will not be consumed on site. See the flyer for details. Curriculum packets will also be provided.

Linn-Mar Community School District

Linn-Mar Community School District will be providing lunch Monday-Friday from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. beginning March 23rd at the following locations:

    • Bowman Woods Elementary
    • Linn Grove Elementary
    • Novak Elementary
    • Westfield Elementary
    • Wilkins Elementary
    • Oak Ridge Middle School
    • Linn-Mar High School

Lunches will be delivered to the following locations between 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.:

    • Marion Village Mobile Home Park 700 35th Street Marion, IA
    • Squaw Creek Mobile Home Park 6201 Hennessey Parkway Marion, IA
    • Valley View Apartments 635 Ashton Place NE Cedar Rapids, IA

Meals are for children ages 18 and under. These will be grab-and-go meals. No meals will be consumed on site. See the flyer for details.

College Community School District

College Community School District will be providing lunch and breakfast pick-up Monday-Friday beginning Tuesday, March 24th. at the following times and locations.

10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

    • 20 Miller Avenue SW (Old Casey’s and Hardees Parking Lots)
    • Gateway Gardens (2981 6th Street SW)
    • Prairie Hill Elementary School (College Community Campus)
    • Ely City Park (1635 Hillcrest Street, near trail and pond)
    • Grant Elementary School Cedar Rapids Schools (254 Outlook Drive SW)
    • Hoover Elementary School Cedar Rapids Schools (4141 Johnson Avenue NW)

10:30-11:30 a.m.

    • Kohl’s Parking Lot (3030 Wiley Blvd. SW)

11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

    • Target Parking Lot (3400 Edgewood Rd. SW)

10:30-11:00 a.m.

    • Inn Circle (5560 6th Street SW)

Meals are for children ages 18 and under. These will be grab-and-go meals. No meals will be consumed on site. See the flyer for details.

Trinity Lutheran School

Trinity Lutheran School will be providing lunches for children 18 and under on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning March 23rd. These meals will be available for DRIVE THROUGH pick-up between 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.on Mondays and Wednesdays in the school parking lot. Monday’s pick-up will include two lunches per child, Wednesday’s pick-up will include 3 lunches per child. Delivery is available upon-request if you cannot make it during the designated time.

Completion of this form will provide meals starting Monday, March 23rd through Wednesday, April 8th. This form must be completed by Sunday, March 22nd at 8 a.m. https://forms.gle/kbDbu9fTYKsQqW4q9

See their Facebook page for more details.

Center Point Urbana School District

Feeding Lunches to Youth will serve lunches to children Monday-Friday from 12:00-12:30 beginning March 23rd at the Center Point Public Library and Urbana American Legion Hall. See their Facebook post for more information.

*Many other surrounding districts are coordinating meals within their community and request sign-up, including Marion Independent School District, Central City Community School District, Mount Vernon Community School District, Vinton Shellsburg Community School District, and College Community School District, among others. If your student attends another district, be sure to check your email for updates!

 

Restaurants

Granite City Food & Brewery {4755 1st Ave SE, Cedar Rapids}

Granite City Food & Brewery is offering free sack lunches to children who need it. Each child will receive a turkey sandwich, bag of chips, and applesauce. Please call the manager at 319-395-7500 to arrange pick-up between 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. {Limited to 150/day}

Black Squirrel Tap in Swisher {72 2nd St SE, Swisher}

Black Squirrel Tap is providing free sack lunches to school age children while school is out. Lunches will be available Monday-Fridays from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Options: Turkey, Ham or Peanut Butter & Jelly. Call them at 319.857.4447 and they will have them ready to go for you.

Need additional food assistance? Check out our Guide to Cedar Rapids Area Food Pantries and Free Meal Programs.{Be sure to call ahead as hours and practices may have changed with current conditions.}


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Kaitlyn Swaim
Kaitlyn is the owner of Cedar Rapids Moms and is an Iowa girl who has been married to her husband, Joshua, since 2007! She’s a busy work-at-home mama to their 5 children: 3 girls and 2 boys! A true Hawkeye, she graduated from the University of Iowa with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, something that comes in handy on a daily basis while trying to raise 5 kids! Her favorite things to do include spending time with her family, cheering on the Hawkeyes, reading a good book, shopping (of course!), and checking out all the activities the Corridor has to offer!

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