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Operation Sandwich is a grassroots program that exists to end childhood hunger by feeding kids when free and reduced meals are not accessible at school.

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Attention: Food distribution will be held at Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen (923 Oak Street, Brainerd, MN) from 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM. 

If you are not able to attend this distribution time, please message the Operation Sandwich Facebook Page to set up a pick up time and location. 

What are kids eating in the summer when meals aren't available? 

During this time of Covid-19, Operation Sandwich is committed more than ever to assist in feeding those in need in the Brainerd Lakes Area while keeping your families and our volunteers as safe as possible. In order to accomplish both, we will be making changes to the way that we serve your family. We are also expanding our coverage area to include the Northern Lakes Area in order to serve more families.

Operation Sandwich will be distributing weekly lunch supply bags on Thursdays. Each bag will contain 5 days of lunch supplies for your family, including bread, peanut butter, jelly, granola bars, fruit snacks, an additional snack of some kind, and fresh fruit and/or vegetables.

**Brainerd distribution begins on May 28th. Northern distribution begins on June 4th.**

Please complete the following form to reserve a lunch supply bag for your family. (No personal information is collected. The form is merely to help us prepare the bags in advance.) A new request needs to be completed each week by Wednesday at 10 am.

Current Needs: 

  • Creamy peanut butter (should not separate) 

  • Fruit jam or preserves

  • Fruit snacks

  • Granola bars (chewy and crunchy; kid friendly) 

  • Yogurt covered raisins

  • Goldfish

  • GoGo Squeeze (Fruit and veggie blend)

  • Fruit cups (in natural juices)

  • Trail Mix

  • #10 paper bags

  • Cub & Costco gift cards (for purchase of fresh fruit)

The Facts: 

There are 6648 total students in ISD 181.

2744 students are on free & reduced lunch program.

That is 41.3% of total school population.

Note: Please ensure that all food donations, except for peanut butter and jelly, is individually wrapped.

Drop off location is

Bethlehem Lutheran Church.