FOOD: Where to get free meals for kids amid coronavirus pandemic

FOOD: Where to get free meals for kids amid coronavirus pandemic

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - With schools, businesses, and restaurants shutting down or modifying their hours as COVID-19 spreads, here’s a list of places where families can get meals for their children.


Using the Meals-to-You program, you’ll get a Meals-to-You box delivered to your home for each child 1-18 in your household every other week.

Each box will include 10 breakfasts and 10 lunches/suppers. All foods are shelf-stable. Meals are delivered for free, directly to your door.

The boxes are packed for security, and because the food is shelf-stable, you don’t have to worry about refrigerating the foods immediately. If you will be unable to pick up your box(es) on a given day, be sure to have a neighbor or family get it.

Receiving this benefit will NOT affect any other existing benefits, school system officials said.

Sign up with this online form and submit it as soon as possible! Access the online form by clicking this link:

The deadline to apply is Monday, March 30.

Boxes will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis, so sign up online as soon as possible.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact your school’s principal or


Every Kid a King, a local organization that aims to meet the immediate needs of disadvantaged families, has partnered with the Louisiana Leadership Institute and law enforcement agencies to provide free meals for families to cook at home. Distribution will begin Saturday, March 21 on a drive-thru only basis at 10 a.m. at the Louisiana Leadership Institute, located at 5763 Hooper Rd. in Baton Rouge.

Citizens will be asked to not get out of their cars. Local law enforcement members will distribute the meals, which are limited to one package per car of a first come, first served basis. The drive-thru service will happen every Saturday until further notice. For more information, call Kasey Williams at 225-342-9514 or email

The drive will be held Saturday, March 28 at McKinley Middle Magnet School.
The drive will be held Saturday, March 28 at McKinley Middle Magnet School. (Source: District Office of Sen. Cleo Fields)


Meals for kids in Baton Rouge will be delivered along numerous routes starting Monday, March 23. The effort is a partnership between the Three O’Clock Project, BREC, Taco de Paco, and several community non-profits. They say they plan to distribute around 20,000 meals per day for kids 18 and under.

The project announced it will serve breakfast and lunch from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the following locations:

  • Northeast Elementary - 13801 Pride Port Hudson Road
  • Progress Elementary - 855 Progress Road
  • Woodlawn Elementary - 8160 Antioch Road
  • Wildwood Elementary - 444 Halfway Tree Road
  • Capitol Middle - 5100 Greenwell Springs Road
  • Park Forest Middle - 3760 Aletha Drive
  • Glen Oaks High - 6650 Cedar Grove Drive
  • Scotlandville Pre-Engineering Academy - 9147 Elm Grove Garden Drive
  • Istrouma High - 3730 Winbourne Avenue

A guardian may pick up a meal on behalf of a child.

Click here for detailed route info.


The EBR Head Start Program will begin distributing breakfast and lunch to Head Start families beginning Monday, March 23, at the following Head Start Center locations from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.


  • 8686 Pecan Tree Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70810


  • 7200 Maplewood Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70812


  • 1383 Napoleon Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802


  • 1919 N. Christy Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70815


  • 1111 N. 28th Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802


  • 1881 Progress Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70807


  • 1881 Progress Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70807


  • 1500 Oleander Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802


IDEA Public Schools will be offering free curbside meals to all children under the age of 19 in each of their regions.

All IDEA schools in Baton Rouge and New Orleans will have meals available. Meals in New Orleans are available from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and meals in Baton Rouge are available from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

“At IDEA Public Schools we understand that many of our students rely on us for needs beyond academics,” says Irma Munoz, IDEA Public Schools Chief Operating Officer. “We are very thankful that we have the opportunity at IDEA Public Schools to offer free meals at all of our campuses throughout Texas and Louisiana.”

All meals are provided via drive-thru only. All children are eligible for meal service at any IDEA school location.

Families wanting more information on school closure, meal service, childcare services, and the distance learning program, may visit:

For more information about IDEA Public Schools, please contact Jennifer Flores at 210-551-9253 or at


The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) released a statewide list of school locations where meals will be distributed to students age 18 and younger, beginning Wednesday, March 18.

View an interactive map of schools by parish by clicking here.

Schools and centers that do not offer meal programs should refer families to ones that do. Districts, charter schools, private schools, and early childhood centers are encouraged to collaborate when possible to ensure that all children in the community continue to receive meals.


Several schools in the Baton Rouge and surrounding areas will be providing free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch while supplies last:

  • Capitol Middle: 5100 Greenwell Springs Rd., Baton Rouge, Phone: 225-231-9265
  • Claiborne Elementary: 4700 Denham St., Baton Rouge, Phone: 225-357-9712
  • Broadmoor Middle: 1225 Sharp Rd., Baton Rouge, Phone: 225-272-0540
  • Glen Oaks High: 6650 Cedar Grove Dr., Baton Rouge, Phone: 225-356-4300
  • Istrouma High: 3730 Winbourne Ave., Baton Rouge, Phone: 225-636-2686
  • Northeast Elementary: 13801 Port Hudson-Pride Rd., Pride; Phone: 225-654-5113
  • Park Forest Middle: 3760 Aletha Dr., Baton Rouge; Phone: 225-275-6650
  • Progress Elementary: 855 Progress Rd., Baton Rouge; Phone: 225-775-4986
  • Scotlandville Middle: 9147 Elm Grove Garden Dr., Baton Rouge, Phone: 225-775-0791
  • Wildwood Elementary: 444 Halfway Tree Rd., Baton Rouge; Phone: 225-766-6002
  • Woodlawn Elementary: 8160 Antioch Rd., Baton Rouge; Phone: 225-756-3681
  • Zachary High: 4100 Bronco Ln., Zachary; Phone: 225-654-2776

East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS) superintendent Warren Drake says this is a temporary solution and he says he is aware it will not fit the needs of everyone right away, but it’s an option. Officials are still looking into ways this can be expanded and modified over the next couple of weeks.

If and when changes occur, families will be notified via robo-calls, social media updates, and announcements on the East Baton Rouge Parish School System’s website,

A child nutrition worker at McKinley Middle has tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, this feeding site will be closed in order for staff to self-isolate and guard against any further outbreak.


  • Open for distribution Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until further notice
  • Normal weekly pickup schedule continues alphabetically:
  • Week 1 - A to G
  • Week 2 - H to M
  • Week 3 - N to S
  • Week 4 - T to Z
  • Drive-thru pickup available


The “Grab & Go” student meal program will continue. To limit the contact for students and employees, starting Thursday, March 26 each student will receive two breakfasts and two lunches (one for Thursday and one for Friday). There will be no distribution on Friday, March 27. There will be one distribution next week. On Monday, March 30, families will be able to pick up pre-packaged meals for the entire week. The distribution sites will be at Donaldsonville High and East Ascension High schools from 10:30 a.m. until 12 p.m.


Children under age 18 can pick up breakfast and lunch beginning Wednesday, March 18 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pickup is available at the following locations:

  • GEO Prep Mid City, 1900 Lobdell Ave.
  • GEO Prep on Sherwood, 3211 N Sherwood Forest Dr.


  • Breakfast and lunch will be delivered to children under 18 in areas around the parish beginning Wednesday, March 18, from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday. The two meals will be distributed at the same time. The service will continue as long as resources allow. If you have any questions regarding food services, call Ms. Pat Gilmore at 225-635-0322. If you have any questions regarding transportation, call Mr. Rod Lemoine at 225-635-2963.
  • Meals are for children 18 and under ONLY. When receiving your meals, a child under 18 must be present. Please note these are approximate times that students should be looking for the bus delivery of food. Please be patient the first few days as routes are figured out. The bus will meet students needing meals at the normal drop off points in these areas.

Bus 54

  • Hardwood - 10 a.m. to 10:05 a.m.
  • Rosehill Apartments - 10:10 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
  • Audubon Apartments - 10:20 a.m. to 10:25 a.m.
  • Audubon Hills - 10:25 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Bus 56

  • Ricks Trailer Park - 10 a.m. to 10:05 a.m.
  • Blackmore Road - 10:05 a.m. to 10:10 a.m.
  • Givens Road 10:15 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.
  • Trailer Parks (Jones Vaugh Creek Road) - 10:30 a.m. to 10:35 a.m.

Bus 50

  • Wakefield Drive South - 10 a.m. to 10:05 a.m.
  • Wakefield Drive North - 10:05 a.m. to 10:10 a.m.
  • Sinclair Trailer Park - 10:10 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
  • Mulbury Hill - 10:15 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.
  • Lake Rosemond Store - 10:25 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Sligo Road - 10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Bus 64

  • Solitude Trailer Park - 10 a.m. to 10:05 a.m.
  • Turner Subdivision - 10:05 a.m. to 10:10 a.m.
  • Indian Mound Road - 10:10 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
  • LB Hill Road - 10:15 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.

Bus 70

  • Carver Road - 10 a.m. to 10:05 a.m.
  • Quida Irondale Road (Magnolia Church) - 10:10 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.
  • Webb Trailer Park - 10:20 a.m. to 10:25 a.m.
  • Crescent Road - 10:25 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Angola - 10:35 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.


Where to get free meals in St. James Parish.
Where to get free meals in St. James Parish. (Source: WAFB)

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