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Everywhere You Can Get Free Food for Kids Right Now

Most schools are out for the foreseeable future. That presents a whole host of challenges for parents and caretakers.

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Most schools are out for the foreseeable future. That presents a whole host of challenges for parents and caretakers. Not dire, but nonetheless real is the need to get something in their mouths so they stop talking for a second. Also, sustenance, but the other thing too. 

When you get tired of cooking or making meals they complain about, restaurants around the country are offering a load of free and cheap meals for kids that you can get for contactless delivery or pickup. That includes big chains like Burger King, Subway, Red Robin, and many other spots. 

We'll be updating the below list that features the best deals on food for kids almost daily, so bookmark this page and check back often. 

Free Food for Kids

Chili's
The deal:
For Halloween, kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entrĂ©e. The offer is good for to-go orders as well. 
When: October 31

Burger King
The deal:
 Use the BK mobile app to grab a free kids meal with any purchase. 
When: Ongoing

Subway
The deal:
Take advantage of the Family Takeout Special, and get a free footlong when you buy two footlongs for takeout on the Subway website or through its mobile app. 
When: Ongoing

Sheetz
The deal: The convenience chain is offering free meals for kids at more than 600 locations throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia. Just ask at the counter or drive-thru daily.
When: Ongoing

B.GOOD
The deal:
The restaurant has expanded its usual kid meal deal. Kids can eat free every day of the week with the purchase of one adult entrĂ©e. In fact, you can get two free kid meals for every adult meal purchase. 
When: Ongoing

Dairy Queen
The deal:
Use the app to get a Kid's Meal for $1.99 on Halloween. 
When: October 31

Village Inn
The deal:
 Kids eat free every Monday and Tuesday with the purchase of an adult entrĂ©e. 
When: Mondays and Tuesdays

Dickey's Barbecue Pit
The deal:
Kids can get free Texas-style barbecue on Sundays with all delivery and carryout orders when you use the code "KEFOLO." Though you have to order at least one entrĂ©e and hit the $10 minimum. If your kids like Texas-style barbecue, Sunday is a big day. 
When: Every Sunday

Rubio's Coastal Grill
The deal
: At locations in California, Arizona, and Nevada, kids will eat free every Wednesday in September with the purchase of an adult entrée. Just use this coupon.
When: Wednesdays in September

Capriotti's Sandwich Shop
The deal:
Nab a free grilled cheese sandwich for kids when you buy an entrée and get it delivered.
When: Ongoing

Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern
The deal: Kids can grab a book tracker to participate in the restaurant's Bucketeer Bookworms program. After every five books they read, they'll get a free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entrĂ©e. 
When: Ongoing

Tijuana Flats
The deal:
Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entrĂ©e. There's a limit of two free kid meals per order. 
When: Ongoing

Smokey Bones
The deal:
The Florida-based eastern restaurant chain is offering a free kid meal with every entrĂ©e order. 
When: Ongoing

El Vaquero Mexican Restaurant
The deal:
Every Tuesday, kids eat gratis. You'll be able to snag one kid meal for every adult entrĂ©e you buy. 
When: Every Tuesday

Cotton Patch Cafe
The deal:
Kids can get a free meal on Wednesdays with the purchase of an adult entrée that hits that pesky $10 minimum.
When: Every Wednesday

Saladworks
The deal:
Kids eat free from the Kids Works menu every Tuesday with the purchase of an adult entrĂ©e. 
When: Every Tuesday

Wendy's
The deal:
Donate $2 to the Dave Thomas Foundation to get a key tag that will land you free Frostys for an entire year
When: Buy through January 31

Fazoli's
The deal
: Get a free kids meal with any purchase. 
When: Ongoing

Pollo Campero
The deal:
Kids under 12 get free soft-serve ice cream with the purchase of a kids meal. 
When: Ongoing

Chick N Max
The deal:
Kids get a lunch box for just $2. It comes with an order of Popcorn Chicken and a side or applesauce.  
When: Monday through Friday, 11am-1pm

Chick N Max
The deal:
Buy a kids meal on a weeknight and parents get a freebie. Grab your choice of an Original or Classic Smoked Sandwich, 2 Tender Meal, Regular Popcorn Chicken, 6-Pack of Wings, or Leg Quarter Meal.
When: Weeknights at dinner

Corner Bakery Café
The deal:
Scoop up a free kid's meal for Halloween with the purchase of any adult entrĂ©e. That offer is available for pickup and delivery. 
When: October 26-31

Food Deals for Kids and Families

Chuck E Cheese
The deal: Pizza mouse is offering a Halloween special to take home. For $39.99, you get two large one-topping pizzas, a Boo-tacular Oreo Brownie, two treat bags that include $5 in games for your next visit, a Kidz Bop Halloween activity sheet, and glow in the dark temporary tattoos. 
When: Through October 31

Uberrito
The deal:
The chain is running a "$5 chicken for pick-up" deal as well as offering a $0.99 kid meal with the purchase of an entrée.
When: Ongoing

Casa Olé
The deal:
Grab an entrĂ©e, and it'll cost you just $0.99 to add on a kid meal. Also, the restaurants are offering double points every day on all pick-up orders. 
When: Ongoing

Blaze Pizza
The deal:
Get free delivery through Postmates if you hit the order minimum of $15. There's always that catch.
When: Ongoing

Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen
The deal:
The restaurant now offers Family Bundles for the road. EntrĂ©e options include House-Smoked Baby Back Ribs, Chicken Tenders, and Grilled Salmon. For $24.99, the Bundle also comes with two family-sized sides and a half-dozen Honey Butter Croissants. 
When: Ongoing

Moe's Southwest Grill
The deal:
Trim $5 off a Nacho Kit if you're a Moe Rewards member. The kits start at $25. If you're not already a member, you need to sign up by 8 am EST to get in on the nacho deal. If you don't download by that time this is, uh, na-cho deal. Ugh. I'll see myself out.
When: November 6

Please note: This list does not include local resources, which are available through many cities and school districts. 

More Deals for Kids?

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Want More Free Food?

Here's our huuuuuuuge running list of all the free food you can get right now, as well as the best pizza dealsreward programs, birthday freebiesgift card offersdeals on food for kids, food delivery offers, and alcohol delivery deals you'll find. If you want a little more than, say a free taco, we also have you covered with a long list of meals you can get at fast food chains under $5. You're welcome.

Additionally, we've put together a list of places offering free food to healthcare workers and first responders during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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Dustin Nelson is a Senior Staff Writer at Thrillist. Follow him @dlukenelson.