Over the past 24 hours the Perham-Dent Public Schools has been working to provide school meals, breakfast and lunch, for all children 18 and younger during the closure due to COVID-19.

Each family will receive one breakfast and one lunch per child and will be given both at once. The meals must be picked by a parent, guardian or the students, according to the school district. Children will not need to be accompanied by an adult to receive food.

Currently, the meals will be available for pick-up at the following sites, which are subject to change:

  • Perham High School: Drive-Up at Door No. 2 (flag pole) from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • St. Henry's Area School: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • St. Paul's Lutheran School: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Wagon Wheel in Richville: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Ottertail Oasis in Ottertail City: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Dent Community Center: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Home delivery will be available starting on Monday, March 23, for families who lack transportation or who "have medically fragile children," according to the district. Consent forms for home delivery must be singed and families needing to sign those forms should be watching for them tonight Monday, March 16.

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Brew offering meals to children during school closure

As schools will be temporarily closing starting Wednesday, March 18, due to the coronavirus outbreak, Brew Ales & Eats in Perham is offering to help children who won't be getting a meal from their school.

Families experiencing food instability are invited to visit Brew, where children will be provided a turkey, ham or PB&J sandwich with fruit slices at no cost to the family, according to a post on Brew's Facebook page.

Families should call Brew Ales & Eats at 218-346-5932 during business hours, and staff will carry the meal out to the car.

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