Free Breakfast & Lunch for Kids
Throughout the summer, MMSD, in partnership with Second Harvest, will continue to provide free, nutritious meals for kids Monday through Friday at sites around Madison. A take-home breakfast and lunch will be provided in pre-packaged paper bags at each drop-off site, once per weekday. View our site map, which lists hours of operation for each site.
Given that our school buildings are closed, meals will be distributed at these sites to children from a food truck stationed outside of the school building. We strongly encourage practicing social distancing when picking up meals and thorough hand-washing with soap and water before eating the take-home meals.
Pop-Up Mobile Food Pantries
There are also a number of pop-up mobile food pantries available for MMSD families and the entire community. Locations and times are:
- East YMCA - Thursdays, 3-5 p.m. - serving East side schools
- La Follette - Tuesdays @ noon. Starts on 6/16
- Leopold (also partnering with YMCA) - Tuesdays @ 11 a.m. Starts on 6/16
- Heugel - Wednesdays at 4 p.m. - starts on July 8
- Wexford Ridge/Tree Lane to support Muir/Jefferson/Memorial families - Fridays (times still TBD)
- Lake View Elementary - Mondays, 11:30a.m. starting July 6
Please note that no pop up mobile pantries will be held the week of June 30 in order for Second Harvest staff to conduct their annual inventory.
Some quick facts about these sites:
- This is drive-thru food distribution: boxes of produce, freezer, dairy, and shelf stable dry goods available.
- Stay in your car, food will be loaded into your trunk\
- Proxy shoppers are allowed
- No ID required
Any changes to times or locations for pop-up food distribution will be communicated via our new texting service. To receive a text message when there is a change to the regular schedule, text FOODDANE to 555888.
Summer Food Program
In addition to these sites, our normal MMSD Summer Food Program is running. Find information about this program and a list of sites here.
Food Pick Up FAQs
Who is eligible for breakfast and lunch each day?
All Children 18 and under in the household if at least one child attends a dismissed school
Can a family member pick up food for another family member?
Yes, Food Service Workers will be required to ask the household member who is picking up the meals how many children are in the family and where they go to school. If they indicate that a child is too young to attend a school, they can still receive a meal.
How are we partnering with community organizations that want to provide assistance?
Our priority at this time is getting food prepared and delivered to the 12 serving sites that we have established. We are evaluating the possibility of adding additional community sites as needed after our initial start up of off site meals on Monday March 16. Thank you to all who have offered support at this time. It is most appreciated.
How will MMSD communicate other non-MMSD sites where food and supplies might be available?
Food pantries and other emergency food distribution sites and organizations are changing and adapting their schedules weekly to meet the needs of our community. For the most up to date information, please call the United Way's 2-1-1 service. Simply dial 2-1-1 to be connected to local government and non-profit agencies.
Will food pantries remain open in schools?
No. Food Pantries at school sites will be closed.
This is a full list of Food Pantries in our area. Some may be closed or limited due to COVID-19: https://www.cacscw.org/get-help/food-bank/dane-county/