SFUSD Will Provide Free Meals for All Children in San Francisco Regardless of SFUSD Enrollment
San Francisco (December 1, 2020) - The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) will begin offering free grab-and-go meals to all children 18 and younger in San Francisco beginning Thursday, December 3. Anyone under 18 may receive meals regardless of their SFUSD enrollment status.
The program will offer two days’ worth of prepared meals, plus snacks, fresh fruits and vegetables, and milk each week at 18 school locations throughout San Francisco. Families can visit any of the locations and provide the child’s first name, last name, and birthdate to receive a grab-and-go card to use to pick up meals. Adults can pick up meals for children without a child present.
SFUSD has been providing free meals for students since school buildings closed in March. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a policy allowing for school districts to provide free meals for all children 18 and younger, including children not enrolled in SFUSD, through June 2021. As a result, SFUSD can now provide school meals to children in the community and help address the rising rates of childhood hunger in San Francisco.
“We know this is a difficult time for all children and families in San Francisco. While schools provide children with education and social and emotional support, they are also centers of the community. By providing free meals to all children in the community, we hope to lessen the burden on San Francisco families during this difficult time,” said Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews.
“Our school meal program has provided nearly 4 million meals to children in San Francisco during the pandemic and SFUSD continues to be the largest daily meal provider in the City. We are proud of the work we’ve done, and are thrilled to open this service to more children. No child should go hungry,” said Mark Sanchez, President of the SF Board of Education.
SFUSD families can continue to pick up free grab-and-go meals every Tuesday, 2-3:30, and can pick up free meals on Thursdays as well. The District’s website, sfusd.edu/schoolfood, provides a map of locations, holiday schedule changes, and more information.
The following locations are open every Thursday*:
- A.P. Giannini Middle School, 3151 Ortega St, 2-3:30 p.m.
- Bret Harte Elementary, 1035 Gilman Ave, 2-3:30 p.m.
- Brown Middle School, 2055 Silver Ave, 2-4 p.m.
- Carver Elementary, 1360 Oakdale Ave, 2-3:30 p.m.
- Carmichael K-8, 375 7th St, 2-3:30 p.m.
- Chavez Elementary, 825 Shotwell St, 2-3:30 p.m.
- Denman Middle School, 241 Oneida Ave, 2-3:30 p.m.
- El Dorado Elementary, 70 Delta St, 2-3:30 p.m.
- June Jordan High School, 325 La Grande Ave, 2-3:30 p.m.
- Lau Elementary, 950 Clay St, 2-4 p.m.
- Lick Middle School, 1220 Noe St, 2-3:30 p.m.
- Lincoln High School, 2162 24th Ave, 2-3:30 p.m.
- Longfellow Elementary, 755 Morse St, 2-3:30 p.m.
- Mission High School, 3750 18th St, 2-4 p.m.
- Roosevelt Middle School, 460 Arguello Blvd, 2-3:30 p.m.
- Rosa Parks Elementary, 1501 O'Farrell St, 2-3:30 p.m.
- SF International High School, 655 De Haro St, 2-3:30 p.m.
- Washington High School, 600 32nd Ave, 2-3:30 p.m.
*Holiday schedule changes: Closed Dec. 17, open Dec. 18. Closed Dec. 24 and 31. Closed Jan. 7, open Jan. 8. Closed Jan. 21, open Jan. 22. See sfusd.edu/schoolfood for schedule.
For more information about Student Nutrition Services or SFUSD’s school meal program, please contact Student Nutrition Services, San Francisco Unified School District, at SchoolLunch@sfusd.edu.