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Free Youth Meal Boxes Offered for Winter Break

Food boxes with seven days of meals will be available on Dec. 18 and 28 • Daily meal service will resume after winter break

School will be out, but 4J students and other youth 18 years old and younger will continue to have access to nutritious food at no cost during winter break.

On Friday, Dec. 18, the last school day before winter break, families can pick up a free youth food box along with the daily meal. The food box provides an additional seven days of breakfast, lunch and dinner meals. Free youth meal boxes will be distributed at the 10 serving sites (list of sites) during the normal pickup hours, 10:45 a.m.—2 p.m. Families receiving meals via delivery will receive their youth food boxes on Friday. The meal boxes include breakfast bread (such as banana or blueberry), sandwich fixings (loaf of bread, meat, cheese, hummus), frozen entrees for dinner, and lots of vegetables, fruit, milk and other items. Vegetarian and made-without-gluten options are available.

Then, on Monday, Dec. 28, families can pick up another week of free youth meals behind the 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St., starting at 11 a.m. and continuing while supplies last until 5:30 p.m. at the latest. The boxes can only be picked up at this location; there will be no deliveries. UPDATE 12/28: All meal boxes have been picked up. There are no more available.  

When school resumes online on January 5, meals will again be delivered and available at the 10 sites across the district each school day from 10:45 a.m.–2 p.m. A dinner meal will be added to the ongoing breakfast and lunch provided each day, and extra meals for the weekend will be provided on Fridays.

The free meals for all will continue to be provided for the rest of the school year.

The winter break food box distribution schedule provides meal support to students during the school break while also providing a needed respite for 4J’s kitchen, transportation and warehouse teams. Last month, the district served its millionth free youth meal since school buildings closed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.


More information:
Grab-and-Go Meal Pickup Sites
Meal Delivery Request Form / Solicitud en línea
4J Nutrition Services

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