Local school districts providing meals to students in need amid coronavirus closures

Posted at 2:56 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 00:41:31-04

Monday, marked day 1 of school closures in San Luis Obispo County.

While cafeterias might be empty, the San Luis Coastal Unified School District was hard at work, preparing 4,000 meals for students.

"The sack they're going to be getting has lunch for today and breakfast for tomorrow that they'll pick up at one time at the school each day," said Sara Slusser, San Luis Coastal Unified School District Chef.

Despite the rain, volunteers and staff were set up at ten different schools in the district, ready to pass out meals.

A gesture that's appreciated by students amidst coronavirus concerns.

"It's really amazing to see even with all of this crazy stuff going on, people are being so caring and still helping everyone in the community so that life can go on as normal. It's really heartwarming," said Brooklyn Rutledge, Laguna Middle School student

"Honestly, it's really cool to see. The coronavirus and everything that is going on, it's freaking everyone out, but they're still out there in the pouring rain, giving meals to the people who need it," said Cate Tucker, Laguna Middle School student.

While schools and families across the country are dealing with unusual circumstances, Slusser hopes providing meals in a time of need will mean one less stress for local families.

"We're expecting a lot of people coming out because I think a lot of people do really depend on these meals and I think it brings a lot of people a lot of peace of mind in such a hectic crazy time, that they know they're going to have the basics, they're going to be able to feed their kids," Slusser said.

School districts such as Atascadero and Lompoc Unified are some of the many other school districts in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties continuing to provide students with meals despite school closures.

San Luis Coastal will be passing out meals at ten different locations Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. until April 13.

The locations include:
Morro Bay High School (front of school), Los Osos Middle School, Laguna Middle School, Del Mar Elementary, Baywood Elementary, Hawthorne Elementary (front of school), CL Smith Elementary, Pacheco Elementary, Teach Elementary, and Sinsheimer Elementary

For more information on student nutrition programs in Santa Barbara County, click here.