One thing that might put parents a bit at ease in these crazy times is knowing that there is lunch options available if needed. A waiver from the US Department of Agriculture and the Summer Food Service Program is enabling Missoula County Public Schools to offering free meals to all kids under 18 until the end of the year. The free lunch applies to all, including those that are homeschooled, attend private schools, and participate in online learning.

The MCPS website has the following info about the program:

Meals will be free through December 31, 2020.

    • Meals provided in schools will still include a hot option.
    • Students will still need to provide their lunch number when ordering lunch during the school day. This is only to help us with our tracking, this will NOT charge the student’s account.
    • Grab and go meals will include breakfast along with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or a deli sandwich option.
    • Grab and go meals are available at each school site to:
      • Students on remote learning days (including Mondays)
      • Students attending the MCPS Online Academy
      • Any youth under 18 - even homeschooled and private school students
      • Anyone can pick up meals on behalf of a student


Meal Pick Up Locations and Times


Pick Up Location

Pick Up Times

Chief Charlo ElementaryFront Office10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Franklin ElementaryFront Office10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Hawthorne Elementary

Main Entrance (550 Hiberta St)

10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Jeannette Rankin ElementaryFront Office (Park in Bus Lane)11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Lewis and Clark ElementaryCafeteria Door (NW corner - Benton Ave.)9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Lowell ElementaryFront Office9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Paxson Elementary

Kitchen Door (Back entrance on Hastings Ave.)

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Rattlesnake ElementaryOutside Front Office10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Russell ElementaryFront Foyer10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
CS Porter Middle School

Front Office

9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Meadow Hill Middle SchoolFront Office9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Washington Middle SchoolFront Office8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Big Sky High SchoolFront Entrance (secure vestibule)

Monday:  9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Tuesday - Friday:  10 a.m. - 10 :30 a.m.

Hellgate High School

Front Office

12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Seeley-Swan High SchoolSide Cafeteria Door10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Sentinel High SchoolSentinel Cafeteria

9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Willard Alternative High School ProgramFront Door11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


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