COVID-19: Student Resources

COVID-19: Student Resources

Updated: May 21, 2020 01:37 PM
Created: March 16, 2020 10:27 AM

(ABC 6 News) - While our communities took on the responsibility that comes with the statewide school closures, several local businesses are taking extra steps to help parents and kids find the resources they need. 


  • Local public schools offering free food to children.
  • True Smoke BBQ 
    • True Smoke BBQ is teaming up with America's Best Cleaning & Restoration Services to help out families with feeding the youngsters.
    • Open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
    • Free lunch available for children ages 5-17, no questions asked. 
    • Visit Facebook for the latest information
  • Victoria's Ristorante & Wine Bar 
    • Any child who needs a meal can come to the restaurant.
    • Free meals are: Marinara Sauce with Pasta, Meat Sauce with Pasta, and  Buttered Noodles with fresh bread
    • No questions asked. No purchase necessary. Please see the front desk upon arrival.
  • Potbellly Sandwich Shop
    • Free lunch for kids while Minnesota schools are closed. Call ahead for take-out or curbside pickup. 
    • Turkey, ham or grilled cheese sandwich with applesauce and milk
    • Valid at 3801 Marketplace Dr NW location
    • 507-226-8686



  • Charter
    • Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
  • KMTelecom 
    • Residents within its service area with K-12 or college students at home are offered free internet service. 
    • Currently, KMTelecom provides service in the following communities and the surrounding rural areas: Kasson, Mantorville, Rock Dell and Dodge Center. Interested persons can contact our office directly at 507-634-2511 or by accessing our online form at: A customer service representative will contact you to schedule your appointment.
  • AcenTek
    • Offering free broadband and WiFi internet access until June 1, 2020, to students and teachers who do not currently have internet service with the company. 
    • AcenTek has offices located in Houston, MN, Allendale, MI and Mesick, MI
    • Contact the office at 888-404-4940 or visit to learn more


  • Xcel Energy
    • Xcel Energy will not disconnect residential customers’ electric or natural gas service until further notice. 


If you know of a local business that is helping students and parents during the COVID-19 pandemic, please email with the details. 

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