SBCUSD Free Grab and Go Meals For Children Under 18 and Family Produce Boxes

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NEW DISTRIBUTION SITES FOR SBCUSD GRAB AND GO MEALS

All Local Children, Through Age 18, Now Eligible for Free Meals

San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) wants to make sure that every child has an opportunity to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner every school day. To make it easier for families to take advantage of the free Grab and Go Meals offered to every local child, regardless of income or age, the District is adding nine additional distribution sites as of Tuesday, September 8.

Breakfast and lunch to-go meals, as well as snacks, are available for pick up Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 to 11 a.m. Distribution ends at 11 a.m. to protect families from heat-related health issues and to prevent food from spoiling in high temperatures. Families are encouraged to refrigerate meals to maintain food safely.

And starting February 10, 2021, the San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) will begin distributing 20-pound boxes of fresh produce to families with students participating in its Grab ‘N’ Go meal program.

The move to offer seasonal produce boxes each Wednesday is a direct response to requests from families for food that will allow them to cook healthy meals at home. To keep it fresh and innovative, Nutrition Services Director Adriane Robles and her staff developed monthly themed menus to provide families. For example, close to Cinco de Mayo, the produce kit could include ingredients like fresh salsa, potatoes, fresh chilis, and onions, Robles said. For the springtime, menu offerings will contain a whole spiral ham to be enjoyed for a traditional dinner.

“When it comes to good, healthy food, convenience and customization are key,” said Robles, who is a registered dietitian. “I hope our families will embrace this because we continue improving our services based on their feedback.”

SBCUSD distributes curbside, Grab ‘N’ Go meals at 25 schools across the District every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 to 11 a.m. The produce boxes will be distributed only on Wednesdays on a first-come, first-served basis, with one box per family. Produce boxes are available at no cost to families with children under the age of 18 who are enrolled in SBCUSD campuses.

Research shows that students who regularly eat nutritious meals perform better academically.

“We fully recognize the role high-quality, fresh food can play in nutrition and overall good health,” Robles said. “The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in more food insecurity in our community. Nutrition Services, and especially our staff on the front lines, are proud to be a part of the solution during this challenging time.”

Also based on requests from families, SBCUSD will begin distributing meals from 2 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays only at Indian Springs and Arroyo Valley High Schools. This new afternoon service begins February 10. Offering afternoon meals on Wednesdays means Indian Springs High will no longer serve meals on other days.

As of February 10, Serrano Middle School will no longer be a Grab ‘N’ Go Meal distribution site. For a list of SBCUSD meal distribution sites and hours of operation, visit www.sbcusd.com/meals.

Nine new meal distribution sites:

Davidson Elementary School, 2844 Davidson Avenue, San Bernardino

Gomez Elementary School, 1480 West 11th Street, San Bernardino

Hunt Elementary School, 1342 Pumalo Street, San Bernardino

Lankershim Elementary School, 7499 Lankershim Avenue, Highland

Lincoln Elementary School, 255 West 13th Street, San Bernardino

Norton Elementary School, 747 North Mt. View Avenue, San Bernardino

Paakuma’ K–8 School, 17825 Sycamore Creek Loop Parkway, San Bernardino

Salinas Elementary School, 2699 North California Street, San Bernardino

Bing Wong Elementary School, 1250 East 9th Street, San Bernardino

The following sites will also continue to distribute Grab and Go Meals:

Cajon High School, 1200 West Hill Drive, San Bernardino

Del Vallejo Leadership & STEAM Academy, 1885 East Lynwood Drive, San Bernardino

H. Frank Dominguez Elementary School, 135 S. Allen Street, San Bernardino

Golden Valley Middle School, 3800 North Waterman Avenue, San Bernardino

Indian Springs High School, 650 North Del Rosa Drive, San Bernardino

Juanita Blakely Jones Elementary School, 700 North F Street, San Bernardino

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, 1250 Medical Center Drive, San Bernardino

Muscoy Elementary School, 2119 West Blake Street, San Bernardino

Pacific High School, 1020 Pacific Street, San Bernardino

Richardson PREP HI Middle School, 455 South K Street, San Bernardino

San Bernardino High School, 1850 North E Street, San Bernardino

San Gorgonio High School, 2299 Pacific Street, San Bernardino

Thompson Elementary School, 7401 Church Avenue, Highland

Vermont Elementary School, 3695 Vermont Street, San Bernardino

A map of Grab and Go Meal distribution sites is available on the District’s website. For more information, call the meal hotline at (909) 381-1224 and leave a message.

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