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Fresno Unified School District will provide grab-and-go meals through the summer meal program at 22 sites, more than twice as many as last year, Superintendent Bob Nelson said Tuesday afternoon.

The district kept serving free grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches after schools were closed on March 13 to feed children as well as adults in need, with over 3 million meals served so far.

In past years the free meals were available at district high schools, but the number of sites has been expanded to accommodate the community, he said.

The district kept serving free grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches after schools were closed on March 13 to feed children as well as adults in need, with over 3 million meals served so far, Nelson said.

The meal program has been a win-win, providing a way for families who may be hard-pressed financially due to the coronavirus shutdowns not to go hungry while providing a market for local farmers to sell their produce, he said.

Find Meals at These Sites

Starting Monday and ending Aug. 14, the meals will be handed out from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Monday through Friday at the following locations: Addams, Birney, Columbia, Ewing,  Figarden, Lane, Lincoln, and Slater elementary schools; Fort Miller, Kings Canyon, Sequoia, Tehipite, Terronez, Tioga, Wawona, and Yosemite middle schools; Hamilton K-8; Bullard, Duncan Polytechnical, Edison, Hoover, and Sunnyside high schools.

Meals will no longer be provided at Cooper Academy, Leavenworth Elementary School, and Ahwahnee, Computech, and Scandinavian middle schools because of ongoing facilities projects.

No meals will be provided this Friday or Friday, July 3, but students and families will be provided two days’ worth of meals on Thursday and on July 2, Nelson said.

The meals are available to all, even to children and families who are not district or city residents. 

The meals are available to all, even to children and families who are not district or city residents, Nelson said.

Food Boxes Also Distributed

The district also is partnering with the Central California Food Bank to hand out food boxes with commodities for family meals. The distribution will be at various schools during the summer and will be first-come, first-served.

The food box distribution began today and will continue on the following schedule, Nelson said: Wednesday, 1 p.m., Williams Elementary; June 12, 8:30 a.m., Ahwahnee Middle, Cooper Academy; June 15, 9:30 a.m., Rowell Elementary; June 17, 1 p.m., Mayfair Elementary; June 18, 12:30 p.m., Norsemen Elementary; June 22, 8:30 a.m., Balderas and Hidalgo elementaries; June 23, 12:30 p.m., Heaton Elementary; June 24, 8:30 a.m., Lowell Elementary, 12:30 p.m., Calwa Elementary; June 25, 1:30 p.m., Jefferson Elementary.

3 Responses

  1. mgomez

    Fresno Unified is a very expensive “food-to-go” program.

    What about educating the students, Mr. Nelson? Can we talk about your plans for that?

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    • dave

      It’s more important for the local politicians to say things that encourage violence and looting of stores. I have not heard any local politician (except Mr Bredefeld) talk about #daviddornslifematters or any of the other innocent black and brown people who were murdered as a result of the riots. I fully support full justice for george floyd and all of the people murdered or hurt as a result of the riots encouraged and fanned by the democrat party and Antifa and BLM.

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  2. Bill Thacker

    Teach accountability and responsibility. Public education of today teaches dependence on government programs at an early age. Yet in the news I collected screen shots of these families picking up their meals in newer gas guzzling SUVs . The very least FUSD should do is show kids how to grow their own food every school should have a garden area. They are not even taught long hand any more. In today’s public schools its about teaching social justice not about teaching English, Math or even the basic fundamentals. FUSD wasted hours of valuable time with agitators like Stacy Williams to censor the lone white conservative male. Cause we know all the social programs of failing kids is his fault.

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