March 24, 2020 Media

Restaurants Offering Free Meals Across Minnesota

Many kids rely on school meals as their daily source of food. While schools have shut down across the state, restaurants are stepping up to help families by offering free kids meals. These restaurants, despite their businesses being affected by the public health crisis, are offering free meals to families across the state. 

We have compiled a list of restaurants throughout the state that are offering help to kids and their families dealing with food shortages, including locations that are offering services as a carry-out or curbside-pickup option. 

Disclaimer: This is a general list, individual restaurants/businesses may have their own parameters regarding times, pick-up, and other requirements. 

Businesses & Restaurants Offering Meals for Kids

National:

  • Burger King 3/20-4/6
    • Offering two free kids meals with any purchase through Burger King app
  • Wings Over
    • No purchase necessary
  • Piada Italian Street Food (thru 4/3) Monday-Friday 10:45am-1:00pm
    • Free to-go lunches, only for to-go orders

Twin Cities Area:

  • Keys Cafe and Bakery
    • Call ahead
  • Billy’s on Grand, 11:00am-2:00pm
    • Free lunch for kids under 14, no purchase necessary
  • Que Viet (Northeast)
    • Free fried rice for kids
  • Zen Box Izakaya
    • Pay-what-you-can ramen bowls
  • El Burrito Mercado, 11:00am-2:00pm
    • Free cheese quesadilla and apple for kids
  • Sarpino’s Pizzeria (thru 3/31) 11:00am-2:00pm
  • Maya Cuisine and Bar
  • Station 280, 11:00am-close

Cities

  • Sauk Rapids
    • Manea’s Meats (11 – 3 M – F)
  • Saint Cloud
    • Jersey Mike’s
      • With purchase of regular sub thru 3/27
  • Richfield
    • El Tejaban Mexican Grill (thru 4/1) 
  • Lino Lakes
    • Trapper’s Bar & Grill
  • Apple Valley
    • Rascals, 11:00am-2:00pm
      • Call ahead
  • Bayport
    • Manger Restaurant
      • Available for pickup on patio
  • Blaine
    • Topper’s Pizza
    • Umi Sushi & Hibachi
  • Duluth 
    • Burrito Union, 11:00am-1:00pm
  • Eagan
    • Granite City Brewery
    • Piada Italian Street Food (thru 4/3)
  • Eden Prairie
    • Tavern 4&5
      • Call ahead for curbside pickup
  • Excelsior
    • 318 Cafe
      • Call ahead for curbside pickup
  • Falcon Heights
    • Eggroll Queen
      • Call ahead, packaged to-go
  • Farmington
    • The Bourbon Butcher
      • Call ahead
  • Maple Grove
    • Great Harvest
      • Call ahead for curbside pickup, free bread as well for families in need
  • Prior Lake
    • Whiskey Inferno
      • Call ahead
  • St. Louis Park
    • Lucky Cricket
  • St. Michael
    • Dunn Brothers, 11:00am-1:00pm
  • St. Paul
    • Day by Day Cafe
      • Call ahead for curbside pickup
    • Hope Breakfast Bar
  • Roseville
    • Granite City Brewery
  • White Bear Lake
    • Cafe Cravings, 10:00am-2:00pm
      • Call ahead for curbside pickup
    • Ha Long Bay
  • Woodbury
    • Piada Italian Street Food (thru 4/3)

Counties 

  • Duval
    • Duval County Schools
  • Clay
    • Clay County Schools
  • Blue Earth
    • Mankato Area Public Schools
  • Itasca 
    • Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Douglas
    • Alexandria Public Schools
  • Kandiyohi
    • Willmar Public Schools
  • Marshall
    • Marshall Middle School
  • Watonwan
    • St. James Public Schools
  • Winona
    • Lewiston-Altura School
  • Olmstead
    • Rochester Public Schools’
    • Channel One Food Bank
  • Mower
    • Austin Public Schools
  • Redwood 
    • Cedar Mountain High School
    • Cedar Mountain Elementary

Sources

https://twincities.eater.com/2020/3/16/21180958/twin-cities-restaurants-feed-kids-minnesota-schools-close-covid-19-cornoa-virus-outbreak

https://bringmethenews.com/minnesota-lifestyle/coronavirus-these-twin-cities-restaurants-are-offering-free-food-for-kids