Des Moines Public Schools is committed to supporting student needs while learning is virtual, including providing nutritious meals on school days. In fact, DMPS is providing a free breakfast and lunch to any Des Moines student 18 years or younger through the end of 2020 (click here to read more about the expansion of a USDA program that makes this possible).

  • A free breakfast and lunch will be available on school days for pick up at any elementary, middle or high schools from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., except Smouse/Ruby Van Meter.
  • Harding, Hoyt, McCombs, Merrill, Meredith, and Weeks middle schools will be open again on school days from 4 – 6 p.m., for working families to come and pick up a breakfast and lunch for their students at home.
  • Any DMPS student/parent may go to any school to get their meals, you do not need to drive to the school where you are registered. (Click here for maps of our schools.)
  • We will only have one menu district-wide at this time, focusing on student favorites and products that are easy to reheat. The Food & Nutrition department will give each family a copy of reheating instructions.  No raw meat products will be distributed.
  • Special diets can be ordered ahead of time through the Food & Nutrition department.
  • Each meal handed out from 11  a.m. – 1 p.m. and 4 – 6 p.m.  should have all components for lunch and breakfast.
  • Students will not need to be present in the car to receive a meal.
  • Students do not need an ID card or ID number to receive a meal.
  • Any child between the ages of 1 and 18 is eligible for a meal, regardless of income. The child does not need to attend Des Moines Public Schools to receive a meal.
  • To see a DMPS meals daily menu, click here.
  • Take Home Meals Cooking Instruction