Food & Nutrition Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Food & Nutrition Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Last updated May 27, 2020

Where can I get free meals during the school closure?

Visit sfusd.edu/schoolfood for locations and schedules.

Will free grab & go meals continue over summer?

Yes, grab & go meals will continue throughout the summer! Free meals will be available to all children. For locations and updates, visit sfusd.edu/schoolfood.

Do you have a map of free meal sites?

Yes, a Google map is available at bit.ly/SFmealsites.

Do you have fliers I can share?

Do I have to bring my child with me?

Adults can now pick up meals for children without a child present.

Do I need to provide ID or proof of children?

Starting May 13, we will begin asking adults to provide the child's date of birth or school & age/grade when picking up meals. This verification step will help us to ensure that we are providing meals to children only. We appreciate your patience and hope this new policy helps to improve your experience at our meal sites.

What safety practices are in place?

At our meal pick-up sites, employees are stationed inside and families do not enter the school building to pick up. Families are asked to maintain 6 ft. of physical distance when gathering at meal sites. As new guidance has been issued, we have provided the necessary PPE (personal protective equipment) and training to employees at our meal sites. Currently, employees use disposable gloves, masks and aprons.

Is there a bag limit?

Yes, beginning April 27, up to 4 bags per person will be provided in an effort to serve as many children as possible.

Do you have meal sites with community-based organizations?

Yes. We are partnering with community-based organizations to provide our free grab & go meals at additional sites throughout the city. Visit sfusd.edu/foodresources for locations and schedules.

Do you have food pantries at your school sites?

Yes. The SF-Marin Food Bank is hosting pop-up pantries at select schools. No sign-up or ID is required. Visit sfusd.edu/schoolfood for a list and schedules.

I’m disabled and can’t pick up food at a meal site. What can I do?

Older adults and adults with disabilities can call the Department of Disability and Aging Services (DAS) telephone helpline at (415) 355-6700, seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to request help with food, including grocery delivery, take-away meals, or to get matched with a volunteer to help with daily tasks such as food drop-off. If you need assistance visiting an SFUSD meal site due to a disability, we encourage you to call the DAS helpline for assistance. To learn more about programs and services available to older adults and adults with disabilities during COVID-19, visit SFHSA.org/COVID-DAS.

Do you offer delivery of free school meals?

SFUSD is delivering meals to students with disabilities and special dietary needs on a limited, case by case basis as resources allow. Please email SchoolLunch@sfusd.edu with any questions.

Can I donate to Student Nutrition Services?

We are accepting donations. Your support is immensely appreciated!

Can I donate food?

At this time, SFUSD cannot accept food donations. You may reach out to the SF-Marin Food Bank: Virginia Patterson, vpatterson@sfmfoodbank.org.

Can I volunteer?

SFUSD partners and employees may volunteer to help at our meal distribution sites on Mondays and Wednesdays. Please fill out our volunteer form and we will follow up to confirm your assignment. Learn more about volunteer duties.

Can you provide me with my letter of eligibility?

Yes. Please follow the instructions online at sfusd.edu/MFIF. If this doesn’t work for you, please email SchoolLunch@sfusd.edu or call 415-749-3604.

How do I receive Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) assistance?

Families with children eligible for free or reduced-price school meals can receive additional support to purchase groceries through California’s Pandemic Emergency Benefits Transfer Program (P-EBT). A P-EBT card with up to $365 for each eligible child is available.

  • Families with children that receive CalFresh, Medi-Cal, or Foster Care benefits should have received a P-EBT card in the mail by May 22, 2020.
  • If you did not receive a card, or if your child receives free or reduced-price school meals but is not on public benefit assistance, you will need to complete a short online application by June 30, 2020.

P-EBT is available to all eligible California families, regardless of their immigration status. P-EBT is not the same as CalFresh or Food Stamps. P-EBT is an emergency food benefit and is similar to other benefits that immigration officials do not consider for public charge purposes.

These benefits do not replace emergency school meals, families who receive these benefits can continue to pick up free meals at our school sites. Learn more at sfhsa.org/p-ebt or email SchoolLunch@sfusd.edu with questions.