SACRAMENTO, Calif. — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced today that the California Department of Education’s “CA Meals for Kids” mobile app was updated to help families find meals during school closures due to the coronavirus.
“Food insecurity is a daily struggle for some of our students and their families and that struggle is even more difficult and complicated during the current COVID-19 emergency we’re all facing,” said Thurmond. “I’d like to thank the Nutrition Services Division, the Technology Services Division, and all CDE staff who worked on updating the app--and the hard-working school nutrition staff around the state who have heroically continued working, and who are continuing to serve our students during this unprecedented emergency situation.”
According to the CDE, on March 10, they received a waiver from the USDA that enabled a site that had previously been approved to operate the Summer Food Service Program or Seamless Summer Option to provide meals to students during a coronavirus-related closure.
On Thursday, the CDE stated they had processed requests for more than 3,100 emergency feeding sites throughout the state, and advised that as school districts continue to update the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System, these sites will be populated into the “Meals for Kids” app.
Check here for more information about the app.