Free Meals for Kids During School Closures

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Many families rely on free meals provided to their kids while at school. With the decision to implement school closures due to concerns about the coronavirus, districts were faced with how to meet these needs. Many districts as well as nonprofit organizations will be providing daily meals (possibly both breakfast and lunch, or one grab-and-go lunch) to school-age children during school closures.

We will try to keep this list up to date throughout the school closures in order to provide families with information about where to go for meals.

LAUSD providing free meals for students

LAUSD: providing free meals for kids “grab and go” lunches at 60 different locations throughout the district, beginning on Wednesday, March 18th. Go to this link for more information.

Nonprofits and Others providing free meals:

The Dream Center: this nonprofit is providing free meals for LAUSD students beginning on Monday, March 16th. The hours are between 7:30am and 6:30pm. The Dream Center is located at 2310 Bellevue Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026.

Restaurants providing Free Meals:

*Note that due to the Mayor’s ordered restrictions, restaurants in Los Angeles are only open for take-out or delivery at this time due to the need for social distancing measures to protect against the spread of the coronavirus.

El Torito: This chain restaurant announced that at all locations, kids 12 and under can eat for free from the kids menu during school closures. El Torito posted a message stating that it hopes this will “help make this period a little less stressful” for families.

Hugo’s Restaurants: With locations in Studio City and West Hollywood, Hugo’s announced on Instagram that it was offering free meals for kids 12 and under from the kids menu during the LAUSD closure.

The Attic on Broadway: This local restaurant in Long Beach is offered free meals for kids and breakfast burritos for kids 18 and under during the Long Beach USD school closure.

Other Districts offering free meals:

*Note that some districts explicitly state that free meals for kids are being provided to anyone under 18 -not just to their own students.

Beverly Hills USD: providing free to-go lunches available for any student that receives a District provided lunch. These can be picked up at Horrace Mann Elementary beginning on Monday, March 23rd, between 10:30am and 12:00pm.

Conejo Valley USD: providing free sack lunches from the district’s kitchen vans, which will be located at specific sites beginning on March 16th. For location information go to this link.

Cypress School District: families can pick up free lunch and breakfast for the following day at any school site in the district between 11:30am and 12:30pm, and no paperwork is required (child must be present).

Downey USD: plans to provide free meals for kids, but has not yet released details at this time.

Glendale USD: will be serving free grab and go meals at specific sites beginning March 24th. Details not yet made available.

Fullerton School District: providing free breakfast and lunch during the week of March 16th through curbside pick up at specific schools. Go to the district’s webpage for more information.

Inglewood USD: will serve free meals to all students between the hours of 9:30am to 11:30am beginning on March 16, 2020 at specific locations including Woodworth-Monroe School, Hudnall Elementary, Highland Elementary, and Oak Street Elementary, as well as by a mobile unit between 9:45am to 10:45am at Bennett-Kew Elementary and between 11:00am to 12:30pm at Worthington Elementary.

Lancaster School District: providing free bagged meals for both breakfast and lunch between the hours of 9:00am and 1:00pm. All students are asked to go to their home school to pick up meals.

Las Virgines USD: providing packaged free breakfast between 8:00am and 9:00am and packaged lunches between 11:00am and 1:00pm at Calabasas High, Agoura High, Lindero Canyon Middle, AE Wright Middle, and AC Stelle Middle. Meals are provided to students who qualify for free/reduced lunch.

Long Beach USD: providing free meals for kids for breakfast and lunch during the first week of the closure. No paperwork is required, and meals can be picked up during specific time periods. Go to this link for more information.

Orange School District: providing free grab and go breakfast between 8:00am and 10:00am and grab and go lunch between 10:00am and 12:00pm at Handy, California, Esplanade, Taft, Yorba, Lampson, Portola, Orange High, El Modena High and Canyon High. There will also be a bus distribution location for meals.

Oxnard Union High School District: will serve free meals for kids on a grab and go basis every day from 10:00am to 1:00pm at Adolfo Camarillo, Channel Islands, Hueneme, Oxnard, Pacifica, Rio Mesa and Rio Vista.

Palmdale School District: will serve free meals for kids in a drive-through pick up style, with breakfast between 7:30am and 8:30am and lunch between 11:30am and 12:30pm at specific elementary schools including Tamarisk, Mesquite, Mazanita, Quail Valley, Yucca, and Summerwind. They will also have a food truck available at the same times at McAdam Park. Meals are available for anyone 18 years old and younger.

Riverside Unified School District: providing drive through free meals for kids available for students on weekdays. Breakfast is available between 7:30am and 8:30am, and lunch is available 11:00am through 12:30pm. The locations are any RUSD elementary, middle and high school, or the Bobby Bonds Community Center.

San Gabriel USD: offering free meals for kids grab and go lunch to all children ages 18 and younger in the community. Children do not have to be enrolled in the district to receive a meal. Child must be present. Hours are 11:30am to 12:30pm, and the location is at Smith Park.

South Pasadena USD: providing free meals for kids breakfast and lunch to all children in the community. Meals are distributed across from the South Pasadena High basketball gym, with a drive through style set up. Elementary age children can come between 9:00am and 10:00am and secondary age children or family with multi-age children can come between 10:00am and 11:00am. Meals include both breakfast and lunch.

Torrance USD: all students can visit specific sites to obtain free measl for kids breakfast and lunch each day between 8:00am and 1:00pm. Two meals will be provided per day to anyone under 18, regardless of if they are a TUSD student. Children must be present to receive the meal. The locations are Torrance Elementary, Carr Elementary, Edison Elementary, J.H. Hull Middle., Magruder Middle and Shery High. Note that Shery is breakfast only.

Whittier City School District: offering free meals for kids grab and go lunches are available between 11:00am and 1:00pm at Dexter Middle, Edwards Middle and Andrews K-8.

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