WCCUSD to resume free meals for all youth, no school ID required

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Dedicated West Contra Costa Unified staff and community volunteers have been distributing food at schools and local churches to ensure struggling local families are fed during the COVID-19 shelter-in-place period.

The West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) announced Monday it will resume the program that provides free meals to students at 15 school locations throughout the district, regardless of whether they qualify for free and reduced-price meals or attend a school in the district.

Beginning in March, the WCCUSD offered an expanded version of its curbside pickup program providing breakfast, supper and snacks at no charge to all students 18 years or younger. When schools resumed in August, families were required to show that their student was enrolled at a WCCUSD school or qualifies for free and reduced-priced meals.

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it has extended features of its summer meals program through the end of 2020.

“This is great news for WCCUSD families in this time of uncertainty and crisis, and ensures that children will not be without food during the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting school building closures,” Superintendent Matthew Duffy said. “We know this is an important resource for families and it eases the uncertainty about student meals through at least the end of the calendar year.”

Breakfast, lunch, supper and snacks are available from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the following schools: De Anza, El Cerrito, Kennedy, Pinole Valley and Richmond high schools, Dejean, Helms, Hercules and Pinole middle schools, and Bayview, Nystrom and Riverside elementary schools, and Montalvin Manor, Peres and Verde K-8 schools. Meals for Monday, Wednesday and Friday will be distributed with the Tuesday and Thursday meals.

From March to August, WCCUSD distributed over 3 million meals to children ages 18 years or younger.

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