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Cloquet school district announces plan for free bagged lunches Wednesday-Friday


March 20, 2020

On Tuesday, the Cloquet school district announced its plan to distributed free bagged lunches Wednesday-Friday to children ages 18 and younger and any persons with disabilities who are enrolled students and participate in school programs.

The email essentially outlines pickup at the schools for walkers, and pickup at bus stops for children who ride the bus to school, that list is located online at

The text of the entire email from the Cloquet School District is below:

During the school closure March 18th – March 20th, we will be providing bagged lunches free of charge to

children 18 years of age and younger. We will also provide meals to persons with disabilities, over age

18, who are enrolled students and participate in school programs. Meals will not be provided over

regularly scheduled school breaks such as our upcoming spring break on March 23-27 and March 30.

Grab-and-Go bagged lunches for children will be available for pick up inside the main entry at Churchill

Elementary, Cloquet Middle School and Washington Elementary between 11:30-12:30 each day. Cloquet

High School will have bagged grab-and-go lunches available for pick up between 11:00-12:00 each day. If

a meal is needed by students within the walking boundaries, these students, a parent or a guardian will

need to pick up one of these grab-and-go lunches at the listed sites. Students are not allowed to eat at

the school per guidance from the state. Meals may only be picked up by the student, a parent or a

guardian per state guidance.

For children outside of our walking boundaries, we will also be providing bagged lunches for pick up at

their typical bus stop. The schedule outlining the time of the food drops by bus route can be found at To view the full list of routes, please click the “more” link in the

lower right hand portion of the list. A paper copy of the list is also being shared with all students by their

bus driver, if they use the school bus to get home today. Please click on the link to your typical route

number, find the address of your bus stop and be prepared to pick up a meal at the time indicated.

Please be prepared to be at the stop approximately 10 minutes before the listed time and to wait for a

short time after the indicated stop time. Exact drop times may vary slightly from the listed schedule and

may vary from day-to-day.

If your child receives specialized transportation, Cloquet Transit will contact you to arrange a food drop

site and time.

We ask for your patience and understanding as we launch this lunch pick up and drop off system. This is

uncharted territory for all involved. Should the need for extended school closure arise, we will use thissame system for lunch pick up and delivery. We will monitor effectiveness and communicate any necessary changes should they arise.


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