SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) – Tuesday was the final day of virtual class for San Francisco public schools. To celebrate, a citywide jubilation will be held at 8 p.m. and the town hall will also be illuminated in gold. In the meantime, the school district wants parents to know that their children are being fed all summer thanks to their Grab and Go program.
Cesar Chavez Elementary School in the Mission District served as a food distribution center for many families. On Tuesday, it was a pop-up hosted by the San Francisco Food Bank. On Mondays and Wednesdays it is one of 18 places where parents with children come to schools to pick up food for their children, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
“We have served 1.3 million meals since March 13,” said Jennifer LeBarre, director of Student Nutrition Services for the San Francisco Unified School District.
Districts have relied on federal and state funds and donations from the public and other organizations to fund this program.
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During this pandemic, Bay Area school districts vowed to keep feeding students through the summer. In fact, Oakland Unified will double the number of locations from 12 to 24 and provide seven days worth of groceries instead of five. Families can still pick up grocery bags on Mondays and Thursdays. Restaurants and nonprofits make donations to help families in Oakland.
“It was just a remarkable union between organizations that want to help the people of Oakland. We know our children have problems, we know our families have problems,” said John Sasaki, spokesman for the Oakland Unified School District.
But here school districts need public help more than ever. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has never allowed school districts to serve dinner in the summer. A school district like San Francisco Unified needs to raise about a million dollars to provide the children with their third meal of the day.
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“But we all know that hunger continues through the summer and especially now with the pandemic and the additional economic crisis it caused. Now more than ever we need to have all three meals served to our families,” explained LeBarre.
Parents who have lost their jobs told us that without this help they would not be able to feed their children.
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