Free Lunches for Kids | Rochester MN Restaurants Respond


Rochester MN restaurants are stepping in to help bridge the lunch needs of our kids across the community. Check out our comprehensive list of participating restaurants where kids can request a meal, no questions asked. We will keep this list updated over the next few weeks and be sure to comment below if we missed one.


Victoria’s Ristorante & Wine Bar

Any child who needs a meal can come to the restaurant. Marinara Sauce with Pasta. Meat Sauce with Pasta. Buttered Noodles. And FRESH BREAD!! No questions asked. No purchase necessary. This is available for take-out only due to dine-in restrictions. *COMING SOON – Delivery Options* Please call the number below or email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Address: 7 1st Ave SW, Rochester, Minnesota 55902
Phone: 507-280-6232
Hours: 10:30am – 1:30pm Daily
Dates: March 16 – 27, 2020



Free Mac & Cheese with choice of fries or apple sauce, no questions asked. Due to dine-in restrictions, this is for to-go orders only.  Call ahead and then have it delivered curbside to your car.

Address: 216 1/2 1st Ave SW – Upper level, Rochester, MN 55902
Hours: 11:00am – 1:30pm Daily
Dates: March 16 – 27, 2020


True Smoke BBQ

*No Child Left Hungry* To-go lunches for the kids available for as long as possible. They can simply come in and say “No school for me today” and we will hand them a lunch. Free lunch available for children ages 5-17 please. If you need to pick up the lunches the night before please PM us with a count and they can have them ready to take home by 5 p.m. the day before.  Due to no the no dine-in restriction, please call ahead to place your order and they will bring it out to the car for you.

Address: 2040 Viking Drive NW, Rochester, Minnesota 55901
Phone: 507-258-1088
Hours: 10:00am – 2:00pm Monday – Friday
Dates: March 16 – 31, 2020


Potbelly’s (NW Location ONLY)

Starting Wednesday, March 18 and continuing while MN schools are out, we will be providing free lunches to students in need, no questions asked. Call ahead for take-out or curbside pick up.  Options include: Turky, Ham, or Grilled Cheese Sandwich with applesauce and milk.

Address: 3801 Marketplace Drive NW, Rochester, Minnesota 55901
Phone: (507) 226-8686
Hours: 10:30am – 8:00pm Sunday – Saturday
Dates: Starting March 18th – while Rochester Schools are closed to due coronavirus restrictions


Rochester Public Schools

Rochester Public Schools will be offering free Drive Up Meals to children ages 0-18 starting Wednesday, March 18 during school closure related to COVID-19.  For more information please check this post: >>>


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