16,000 meals and counting: South county gives out free lunch during coronavirus shutdown

The Capistrano Unified College District distributed 16,000 totally free dishes throughout the initial week of the coronavirus shut down and also intends on proceeding handing out lunches and morning meals at choose institution sites as required.

Carl Hankey K-8 in Objective Viejo was added today, making seven websites throughout South Region where any individual under the age of 18 can get a dish — — so long as they are in a car and gone along with by the minors, also if they are not trainees in the district.

“We’ll continue as long as institution is out,” claimed Kristin Hilleman, supervisor of food as well as nourishment solutions for CUSD.

The district is using the same system it implements under the “seamless summer feeding program,” where they supply meals for children throughout times when institutions are shut.

“We’ve taken that approach and also broadened right into our routine institution year,” she claimed. “It is happening around the nation, throughout Orange County. Every district has a program up and also running. Each are doing it in different ways, some have even more than a handful of sites open, some areas don’t. It all relies on staffing as well as need throughout the districts.”

Each bag has a lunch ready to go as well as a morning meal inside the sack for the following morning.

For food services cashier Nancy Nicolosi, that was losing consciousness lunch at Las Palmas Elementry School in San Clemente last week, it was a rewarding experience.

“Every person is liking it; they are coming by thanking us. They actually appreciate it,” she stated, putting on gloves to shield her hands as vehicles drove by to grab poultry sandwiches.”We’re attempting to maintain a distance. We just put it in their vehicle as well as they maintain driving.”

For a few of the youngsters, the solution is important.

“I think it’s actually vital. I recognize some kids, this is mostly what they obtain,” she said. “We get children we know that truly depend on it. It’s a big point.”

Jessenia Ramirez, a cashier at one of the local institutions that was also handing out lunches, said as a single mommy her very own youngsters are making use of the program. She has also been urged by the area’s response.

“Everyday, ‘‘ thanks for your time, thank you of what you’re doing,'” she claimed of the action. “And also we’re like, ‘that’s what we are below for.’ ”

What to recognize:

The cost-free meals are for any kind of kid 18 as well as under as well as children have to exist in the auto.

Dishes will be offered between 11:30 a.m. and also 1 p.m. Monday with Friday.

The drive-through service will certainly happen in the parking area or bus lane at each getting involved institution. Families are asked to remain in their cars and truck as well as meals will certainly be gone through based upon the number of youngsters in the automobile.


San Juan Elementary: 31642 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano

Las Palmas Elementary: 1101 Calle Puente, San Clemente

Hidden Hills Elementary: 25142 Hidden Hills Rd, Laguna Niguel

Marco Forster Center School: 25601 Camino Del Avion, San Juan Capistrano

Las Flores Primary School: 25862 Antonio Parkway, Rancho Santa Margarita

Wood Canyon Primary School: 23431 Knollwood, Aliso Viejo

Carl Hankey: 27252 Nubles, Objective Viejo

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