Free Meals for Kids!

Free Meals for Kids!
Posted on 03/16/2020
Free Meals for Kids!Dear Parent/Guardians,

We are here and prepared to feed children in our community as we face this unprecedented public health crisis. Working closely with state and local public health officials, the Eureka City Schools (ECS) Board of Education made the decision to close schools to students starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020. As we determine the best way to provide distance learning, we continue to offer food, even while school is closed.

The ECS Food Services team will provide meals to “all” children ages 18 and under in our community through two methods.

Several school sites will be open with an opportunity for families to drive through and pick up meals for their children. Children must be present in order for meals to be provided. Each child present will be provided a lunch for that day and breakfast for the following day. Meals will be served between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the parking lot or bus lane at each participating school. Please enter through the school’s bus loading zone. Please stay in your car, and meals will be passed through the window based on the number of children in the car by one of our nutrition services staff. Walk-ups are also welcome.

Schools Offering Meals:

· Alice Birney Elementary

· Grant Elementary

· Lafayette Elementary

· Washington Elementary

· Eureka High School

Additionally, for families who are unable to pick up meals for their children ages 18 and under, the ECS Transportation Department will provide drop-off meals at all morning bus stops at the normally scheduled bus pick up times. Each child present will be provided a breakfast and lunch for that day to be taken home for consumption.

This service is extended to all children (ages 18 and under) in our community. It is not just for students enrolled in ECS.

Both options will be solely for the pickup of meals, and meals will not be consumed on site. We encourage families to continue to be proactive in reducing the risk of COVID-19 by practicing the following recommendations by public health:

· Social distancing (6 feet) and not congregating at the school site once meals have been distributed

· Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds; use 70% alcohol-based sanitizer if no water is available

· Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

· Sneeze or cough into a tissue, throw away used tissue, and wash hands

· Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and spaces

· Stay home if you are sick


Sincerely,


Laura Chase
ECS Food Services Director
Food Service Department
642 W 14th Street, Eureka, CA 95501 (707) 441-2501
This institution is an equal opportunity provider