Local Bay Area School Districts Are Working On Plans To Feed Kids During School Closures

By on March 14, 2020
SAN FRANCISCO – NOVEMBER 12: Students at Fairmount Elementary School wait in line to get fresh vegetables from a salad bar in the cafeteria on November 12, 2010 in San Francisco, California. San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom announced today that he vetoed a controversial legislation that was approved by the San Francisco board of supervisors that would ban toys in fast food “happy meals.” He promoted his “Shape Up SF” program as a more effective way to combat childhood obesity by encouraging children to eat better, exercise and for schools to offer healthy food choices that include fresh vegetables. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Over 22 million kids in the U.S. depend on school meals to eat. Schools offer breakfast, lunch and some after school programs even offer dinner. For a struggling family, having their kids eat at school, is one less stress to worry about.

Now with schools closing due to the Coronavirus concerns, that is leaving a lot of kids potentially hungry. Especially here in the Bay Area!

Luckily, there are some schools that will have meals still for their students. They will look a little different since they will be “grab and go” bagged meals for most schools for breakfast & lunch. It’s great to hear that school districts are also working with local agencies to have them deliver food too to give out to their families as well.

The San Francisco School District has a list of schools serving meals and places you can go for food. Check out more info here!

Oakland Unified School District will be letting students pick up extra food on Mondays & Thursdays from 9a- . That way students aren’t having to come back everyday. These are the schools that will be open to pick up food:

Bret Harte Middle School, Oakland High School, Life Academy/United for Success, Coliseum College Preparatory Academy, Madison Park Upper, Fremont High School, Castlemont High School, Elmhurst United Middle School, West Oakland Middle School, Hoover Elementary, Sankofa Elementary and Garfield Elementary

Most schools will have a modified meal plan/schedule. Be sure to check with your child’s school to see if they are offering meals to pick up. Also be sure to check the times that you can stop by.

There are also local pantries that you can turn to for help with getting food for your family if you need it. Here are the links to local food banks. Make sure to call first to see if they’re open!

Alameda Country 

Berkeley Food Pantry

SF Marin Food Bank

North Peninsula Food Bank

Contra Costa County Food Bank

Second Harvest of Silicon Valley


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