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Go-to guide for local schools giving out free meals amid coronavirus

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Published: Mar. 16, 2020 at 5:30 PM CDT
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Minnesota and North Dakota schools are now closed. Many local families are wondering what's next for kids that rely on school lunches to get by.

"There's a lot of kids out there that don't have a meal," said Ann Bergseth, a Fargo mother.

Ann Bergseth and her husband, Ryan, are all about the children. They just moved back to Fargo from Florida. One thing they brought back with them is their fight for student lunches.

"You get a milk, or you get a juice in here," said Ann. "And then you get a little tiny can of beans."

Those are some of the things inside the snack packs for kids in Florida after hurricanes. The Bergseth's say schools in the area should do the same amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"I mean, it's important because I sometimes grew up without food," said her husband, Ryan. "Maybe they start stealing or something because they can't afford to do anything. It could be just a candy bar out of the convenience store or something like that."

They say right now we have to stick together.

"I mean a kids got to eat, they got to grow up healthy," said Ryan. "When there's not a meal available, I mean, where do they go to?"

"If you got a little extra toilet paper or you got another can of tuna or a loaf of bread that's sitting in the freezer, give it to someone in need," said Ann.

Starting Wednesday, Fargo Public Schools will be giving out free breakfast and lunch for kids. Meals will be provided using a drive-through or walk-up meal pick-up process at specific school sites in Fargo.

Locations providing free meals:

Ed Clapp Elementary School, located at 3131 28th Street South

Wednesday through Friday, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Enter the bus drop off loop in front of the school off of 28th Street South

Madison Elementary School, located at 1040 29th Street North

Wednesday through Friday, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Enter the bus drop off loop on the north side of the school off of 11th Avenue North

Jefferson Elementary School, located at 1701 4th Avenue South

Wednesday through Friday, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Enter the parent drop off loop on the south side of the school off of 4th Avenue South

North High School, located at 801 17th Avenue North

Wednesday through Friday, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Enter the student parking lot on the south side of the school off of 17th Avenue North

South High School, located at 1840 15th Avenue South

Wednesday through Friday, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Enter the student parking lot on the south side of the school off of 17th Avenue South

Central Cass Schools is doing the same starting Tuesday. Central Cass will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to pick up breakfast and lunches.

If you need food delivered, please note that in the form and we will do our best to set accommodations.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=Kni_2_HO8UqGyB-SAQYdtkgf1NnZPu1OmlnH_uIfEjxUNTdWR0NHMDVLODFRUEZKQ0s4T1hXSkdTTi4u

Plan for West Fargo Schools:

For Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 20, West Fargo Public Schools will provide free meals for children due to the COVID-19 school closure. Grab & Go breakfasts and lunches will be provided at the following sites at the times specified below.

Please look for a yellow school bus at these locations:

11:00 – 11:30 AM Distribution Times

Buena Vista Neighborhood: Near Community Mailboxes on Montego Avenue, Fargo ND

Berger Elementary School: 631 4th Avenue E, West Fargo ND

Petro Truck Stop Neighborhood: Intersection of 21st Avenue South and 49th Street South, Fargo ND

South Elementary School: 117 6th Avenue W, West Fargo ND

Willow Park Elementary School: 4901 15th Avenue S, Fargo ND

12:00 – 12:30 PM. Distribution Times

Meadow Ridge Neighborhood: 23rd Street East Cul-de-sac, Northeast of Meadow Ridge Parkway, West Fargo ND

Village West Dog Park: 4415 9th Avenue Circle South, Fargo ND

Rasmussen College: 4012 19th Avenue South, Fargo ND

Sheyenne High School: 800 40th Avenue East, West Fargo ND

Moorhead Schools is putting together a plan that will start Wednesday.