Winter Break Resources


Minneapolis Public Schools will be on Winter Break from Monday, Dec. 24 – Friday, Jan. 4. Classes resume on Monday, Jan. 7.  Below are some resources for families during break.

Meals and Snacks

The following sites will be serving free snacks and/or meals over the winter break. Days and times of service may vary, so those interested are encouraged to check in directly with the site for more specific information. maintains a list of local food banks and meal sites (soup kitchens). Culturally specific organizations are included.   


Programs and Activities

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Recreation Centers are open during Winter Break (all recreation centers closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1) for free, supervised, drop-in activities. Find a full list of recreation center locations, visit

Hennepin County Library
Libraries in Minneapolis are open over Winter Break and have fun events and activities for youth and families. Find library locations and hours at

Other needs

United Way 211- United Way 211 provides free and confidential health and human services information for people in Minnesota. Assistance is available in all languages. Phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  United Way 211 can connect families with resources and information including food, warm winter clothes, and toys/gifts. Call 211 or 651.291.0211.

MPS Family Resource Center provides school-based resources and social services for families and students at Minneapolis Public Schools. The Family Resource Center is available by appointments and by walk-ins. For more information and office hours call 612.668.4281.