'Stop, grab, and go:' School districts set up food distribution sites for children in need

MILWAUKEE -- Gov. Tony Evers on Friday, March 13 ordered all of Wisconsin's K-12 schools to close in the hopes of slowing the spread of the coronavirus, a move affecting nearly a million students and their families. The order marked the likely first time in state history that a governor forced every school in the state to close in the face of a public health emergency. The governor set April 6 as a potential reopening date -- uncertain given the virus' spread.

The order created concerns about feeding children -- some who count on school for meals.

"We're in conversation with these hot meal sites and these school districts to identify, how can we partner?" said Rayne Andrews with Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. "So what we're doing is, we're working across the food network to ensure that not only are our food pantries, hot meal programs, and shelters are prepared, but also, we're taking precautionary measures."

Milwaukee Public Schools officials set up distribution sites for students in need (Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning March 16):

School Name School Address
ALBA 1712 S. 32nd St.
Barbee Montessori 4456 N. Teutonia Ave.
Bay View High School 2751 S. Lenox St.
Browning 5440 N. 64th St.
Douglas 3620 N. 18th St
Engleburg 5100 N. 91st St.
Gaenslen 1250 E. Burleigh St.
Hamilton H. S. 6215 W. Warnimont Ave.
MacDowell Montessori 6415 W. Mount Vernon Ave.
Marshall H.S. 4141 N. 64th St.
Morse 6700 N. 80th St.
North Division H. S. 1011 W. Center St.
Obama SCTE H. S. 5075 N. Sherman Blvd.
Pulaski H.S. 2500 W. Oklahoma Ave.
Reagan H. S. 4965 S. 20th St.
South Division H. S. 1515 W. Lapham Blvd.
Thoreau 7878 N. 60th St.
Vincent H. S. 7501 N. Granville Rd.
Washington H.S. 2525 N. Sherman Blvd.
Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning (WCLL) 1017 N. 12th St.

Keith Posley

"Stop, grab, and go," said Keith Posley, Milwaukee Public Schools superintendent. "In order to support our students, we have identified locations for distribution of meals and instructional materials. In that particular meal, it will be two meals in one, so we will provide a lunch, and then a breakfast for the next day."

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (BGCGM) officials closed all locations until Monday, April 13. Beginning Monday, March 16, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, in partnership with Hunger Task Force, implemented a meal continuation plan to ensure all members 18 years of age or younger receive three meals per day, Monday – Friday, through the closure, including during spring break.

    Menomonee Falls

    Officials with the School District of Menomonee Falls will provide breakfast and lunch at no cost from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for all children age 18 and younger regardless of free/reduced lunch status March 17 to 20. A child does not need to be a resident of Menomonee Falls to receive a meal, nor do they need to be enrolled in the district as a student.

    Meals will be individually bagged and include milk at the following sites:


      Officials with the Racine Unified School District will provide grab and go meals for children age 18 and younger Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 10 a.m. while schools are closed. Families can drive up or walk up to pick up the meals. Children must be present. Each child will receive breakfast and a bag lunch.

      Meals will be available at the following locations:


        Officials with the Kenosha Unified School District began distributing cold lunches containing a breakfast snack for the following morning to any child 18 and under in the community Monday through Friday from noon-2 p.m. at the locations listed below through April 3 while the district is closed.

        Lunches may be picked up by parents/guardians, children do not need to be present. More than 290 lunches were picked up at the KUSD location alone on Monday, March 16.

        KUSD cold lunch sites:

        *   Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha, 1330 52nd Street
        *   Educational Support Center, 3600 52nd Street (behind the building)
        *   ELCA Outreach Center, 6218 26th Avenue (starting Tuesday, March 17)
        *   Shalom Center, 4314 39th Avenue
        *   St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 8760 37th Avenue (starting Tuesday, March 17)

        Brown Deer

        Officials in Brown Deer set up three locations where breakfast and lunch can be picked up for students 18 and under:

        Novak Family Field House
        8200 N. 60th Street, Brown Deer
        9 a.m. to noon

        Trinity Community Church Parking Lot
        9450 N. 60th Street, Brown Deer
        9 a.m. to noon

        Pick 'n Save Northwest Parking Lot by Garden Meadow Apartments
        9200 N. Green Bay Road, Brown Deer
        9 a.m. to noon