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Where can students get meals while school is canceled in San Diego County?

Any student 2 to 18 years old can go to any school site providing meals and receive food during this period of school closures due to COVID-19.

SAN DIEGO — While San Diego County schools are closed because of COVID-19, students can still receive meals. Below are several links to help you find locations for meal service. 

Students age 2 to 18 can get a meal for breakfast and lunch at any of the sites during this period, according to the San Diego County Office of Education.

The office has a regularly updated list of school sites that are providing meals to students until schools open again.

It's a good idea to confirm location and services with specific schools and districts. The San Diego County Office of Education's school finder tool can help you find contact information quickly.  

The California Department of Education’s “CA Meals for Kids” mobile app has also been updated to help students and families find meals during COVID-19-related emergency school closures. The app is available for free download through Apple’s App Store, Google’s Play Store, and Microsoft’s App Store web pages. More information about the app is available on CDE’s CA Meals for Kids Mobile Application support web page

The Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has a Meals for Kids Site Finder page where families can type their address into the interactive map to find nearby sites that are distributing food. It is still recommended to confirm the days and hours of operation listed for a site before visiting it.  

San Diego Unified Food and Nutrition Services will be conducting a drive thru/ walk-up distribution of daily prepared meals, free of charge. Starting the week of April 20, the district will launch the “7 Meals in 5 Days Plan,” which expands grab-and-go meal distribution to help cover student nutrition needs over weekends.

The San Diego Food Bank’s food distribution programs will continue to serve those in need throughout the duration of the COVID-19 crisis. View a list of scheduled food distributions.

Feeding San Diego is another resource for families facing hunger. Families can receive food at Feeding San Diego distributions throughout the region. Please visit their webpage for information.

Cualquier niño de 18 años o menor puede ir a cualquier sitio escolar que esté distribuyendo alimentos y recibir comida durante el periodo de cierre escolar debido al COVID-19. 

La lista a continuación incluye los sitios de distribución de alimentos, confirmados por la Oficina de Educación del Condado de San Diego, que están haciendo entrega de alimentos por el cierre escolar. Esta página se actualiza conforme sale información nueva. 

Favor de confirmar la dirección y los servicios con su escuela o distrito particular. Nuestra página de distritos escolares puede ayudarle a localizar rápidamente la información de contacto.  

La aplicación móvil "CA Meals for Kids" (Comidas para los Niños en California) del Departamento de Educación de California ha sido actualizada para ayudar a los estudiantes y sus familias encontrar entregas de alimentos durante la emergencia del cierre de escuelas relacionado con COVID-19. La aplicación se puede descargar gratis usando los sitios web de Apple App StoreGoogle Play Store, y Microsoft App Store. Vea más información sobre esta aplicación en la página de ayuda CDE CA Meals for Kids Mobile Application support web page.

El Servicio de Comida y Nutrición del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. tiene una pagina para localizar distribución de alimentos para niños. Visite la página, "Meals for Kids Site Finder." Las familias pueden integrar su domicilio al mapa interactivo para localizar sitios cercanos que estén haciendo distribución de comida. Se recomienda confirmar los días y horas de servicio del sitio antes de visitarlo.  

El banco de alimentos de San Diego (San Diego Food Bank) tiene programas de entrega de comida que seguirán atendiendo a las personas necesitadas durante la crisis de COVID-19. Vea una lista de las entregas programadas.

La organización Feeding San Diego es otro recurso para las familias que pasan hambre.  Las familias pueden recibir comida en los centros de distribución de Feeding San Diego localizados a través de la región. Visite su sitio web para mayor información. 


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According to the CDC, coronavirus (COVID-19) is a family of viruses that is spreadable from person to person. Coronavirus is believed to have been first detected in a seafood market in Wuhan, China in December 2019. If someone is sick with coronavirus, the symptoms they may show include mild to severe respiratory illness, cough, and difficulty breathing.  

Currently, there is no vaccine, however, the CDC suggests the following precautions, as with any other respiratory illness:  

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You can find information on disinfecting and cleaning on the CDC's How to Protect Yourself page. 

The California Department of Public Health has issued guidance on the use of cloth face coverings to protect against the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.  

The County of San Diego has made face coverings mandatory for those working with the public including grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores, and similar businesses. 

While officials say these face coverings are not a substitute for practices like social distancing and handwashing, there is evidence to suggest that the use of cloth face coverings by the public during a pandemic could help reduce disease transmission. Officials do not recommend the public use N-95 or surgical masks which are needed by health care workers and first responders. 


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