Pequot Lakes: Cars line up to pick up student meals

Pequot Lakes Schools Food and Nutrition Services employee Deann Roggenkamp loads five days worth of breakfasts and lunches into a family vehicle Monday morning, June 8, outside the school. Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal

Cars were lined up at Pequot Lakes School on Monday morning, June 8, as families picked up breakfast and lunch meals for their students for the week.

Pequot Lakes Schools Food and Nutrition Services employees worked efficiently to bag juice and milk and deliver the beverages and meals they'd prepared and bagged earlier in the day to waiting vehicles.

Food Services Director Patty Buell said the current state waiver for the meals program continues through the fourth week of June. Therefore, meals are being offered for pick up only between 9-10 a.m. Mondays, June 15 and 22, at the district office main entrance. This option started Monday, June 1.

The meals are packaged so that each child receives one bag with five breakfasts and one bag with five lunches Monday mornings with milk or juice available as an option.

To sign up to pick up meals for children in your household who are age 18 and under, call Patty in the Food Services office at 218-568-9363 or email . When leaving a message, the only information needed is your name, the number of children age 18 and under in your household and a phone number.


From left, Sharyl Murphy, Kim Wjeishofski, Glenda Swenson, Robin Morrison and Mary Raasch work to load juice and milk and deliver bags of meals to waiting vehicles Monday morning, June 8, at Pequot Lakes School. Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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