Beginning Tuesday, Apr. 14, Dickinson Public Schools is offering hot breakfast and lunches for free to all kids in Dickinson ages 1-18.

Prior to this week, the district had been offering bagged lunches to students in the district, which were charged to the students' lunch account.

Now, every day, parents can pick up free meals for their kids from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at either Lincoln Elementary School, Heart River Elementary School or Dickinson Middle School. Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, the lunch will be heat and serve. Tuesday and Thursday, the breakfast will be heat and serve. On Friday, only lunch is provided, as breakfasts are provided the day before.

"These are cold lunches that are sent home with directions that have been posted, and the children are able to heat them up," said Nancy Wahl, food service director for Dickinson Public Schools. "For instance, this past week for breakfast, we sent home pancakes one day, french toast sticks the next and then Colby cheese omelets and grilled egg patties ... The other days, for instance, we send home chicken strips to heat up and a beef patty and a bun. Coming up, we're going to be sending home chicken nuggets, popcorn chicken, meatballs, cheese stuffed breadsticks, french bread pizza."

The menu is available on the Dickinson Public Schools website.

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"We understand that the students and the parents rely on school meals. We are doing the best that we can to make sure they're still being fed nutritious meals and getting what they need throughout the day. We just want everybody to know that we're still here to provide services for them and to be their support system as much as we possibly can," Wahl said. "We want them to know also that we miss them and we hope that they and their families are doing well and enjoying the nutritious meals that we're providing."