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33 schools open for free breakfasts, lunches

ST. LOUIS – As schools stay closed during the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis, 33 schools will be open in the city to provide free “grab and go” breakfasts and lunches.

The effort is a joint project of the St. Louis Public Schools and the office of Mayor Lyda Krewson. 

The two schools to open on Wednesday were LaSalle Middle School, 1106 N. Jefferson Ave.; and Carondelet Leadership Academy, 7604 Michigan Ave. The rest will open on Monday.

Meals will be served at no cost for all St. Louis children through age 18 from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday through April 3. The one exception is at LaSalle Elementary School, where meals will be served until Friday, and then from March 30 through April 3.

School Principal Apryll Mendez said 74 children received bags containing lunch and breakfast on the first day. Of those, 37 attended the leadership academy and 37 were from the general public.

“Everyone was very thankful for having this opportunity to be able to stop by,” Mendez said. “We told them to keep coming. We’ll be here.”

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The children who came to the Carondelet Leadership Academy received juice, chocolate milk and a breakfast bar for breakfast and a sandwich, cookie, applesauce and corn for lunch.

Because of social distancing guidelines, students cannot stay at the schools where they receive the meals. They don’t need an ID, but have to be present to get the food. 

The meals are distributed in school gyms. Besides La Salle Elementary and Carondelet Leadership Academy, here is a list of other schools where meals are being given out:

North St. Louis 

Bryan Hill, 2128 E. Gano Ave.; Clay, 3820 N. 14th St.; Confluence Academy-Old North, 3017 N. 13th St.; Hamilton, 5819 Westminster Place; Hickey, 3111 Cora Ave.; Jefferson, 1301 Hogan Ave.; KIPP Victory, 955 Arcade Avenue; Langston, 5511 Wabada Ave.; Lexington, 5030 Lexington Avenue; Nance, 8959 Riverview Blvd.; Patrick Henry, 1220 N. 10th St.; Pierre Laclede, 5831 Kennerly Ave.; Soldan, 918 Union Blvd.; Vashon, 3035 Cass Ave.;  Walbridge, 5000 Davidson Ave.; Yeatman, 4265 Athlone Ave.

Downtown/south St. Louis

Carnahan, 4041 S. Broadway; Confluence Preparatory Academy, 310 N. 15th St.; Confluence Academy-South City, 3112 Meramec St.; Fanning, 3417 Grace Ave.; Froebel, 3709 Nebraska Ave.; KIPP St. Louis High School, 706 N. Jefferson Ave.; KIPP Wisdom; 1224 Grafton St.; Long, 5028 Morganford Road; Lyon@Blow, 516 Loughborough Ave.; Mallinckrodt, 6020 Pernod Ave.; Mullanphy, 4221 Shaw Blvd.; Oak Hill, 4300 Morganford Road; Peabody, 1224 S. 14th St.; Roosevelt, 3230 Hartford St.; Shaw, 5329 Columbia; Sigel, 2050 Allen Avenue; Wilkinson, 1921 Prather Ave.

Jim Merkel Born and raised in the St. Louis area, Jim Merkel covered communities throughout the area from 1991 to 2013 for the old Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis. He is the author of five books about the Gateway City published by Reedy Press. The latest is Growing Up St. Louis: Looking Back Through the Decades. He and his wife, Lorraine, live in the Bevo Mill neighborhood of south St. Louis with Miss Jenny the Cat. For more about Jim, visit

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