School Meals

For everyone's health and safety, a facial covering or mask is required when picking up meals at any school food distribution site.
We appreciate your compliance with this important request.

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Beginning September 21, breakfast and lunch will be free to all students attending school in-person on campus. The District will also continue to have free grab-and-go curbside meal pickup for those who have remained in distance learning, students 18 years of age and younger (22 and younger for ESE). Grab-and-go meals will continue to be distributed on Tuesdays and Thursdays, please check here for times and locations.

The curbside pickup will contain at least three (3) breakfasts and three (3) lunches per kit. Schools eligible for the supper and snack programs will also be providing three (3) supper meals and three (3) snacks per kit.

The times and specific locations on campus for the curbside grab-and-go will vary by school. Food distribution will be available at
more than 100 District-operated and charter schools throughout the County. Grab-and-go meals will continue to be distributed on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Parents or children will still need to bring one of the following forms of identification to receive meals at the food distribution sites: Student ID Badge, Student Barcode Letter (that can be found in your child’s student portal), Passport, Birth Certificate, or Library Card. The adult picking up the meals can also bring a picture that has themselves and the children for whom they are picking up food, in the photo. A facial covering or mask is also required for meal pickup.

You do not need to visit your child’s school for food distribution. You are welcome to visit any location of your choice. Pick up is either in the bus loop or parent pickup area of the school. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has provided a waiver to allow parents/guardians to pick up meals without the child being present. The parent will show the identification to staff providing the meals, staff will scan the bar code for each child, and meals will be provided for the number of children identified. Meals cannot be picked up in bulk for multiple families. The parent or guardian must be present to receive the meals.

Meals provided vary by location and may contain allergens. Adults picking up the food are asked to be vigilant and ensure they do not take food if allergies may be a concern. Food should be refrigerated or discarded if not consumed upon receipt.

The USDA has approved free meals for all to continue through December 31, 2020 as long as funds are available. As such, even now that District campus buildings are open, all children remain eligible for free meals, regardless of their original meal status. 

Families that would meet the eligibility guidelines for free or reduced-price meals are still asked to submit an application if they have not already been approved.

This is to ensure that School Food Service has them approved for future meal benefits, when the all free meal program ends. Additionally, the applications assist schools with obtaining other resources and programs for those students.

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