Education

PUSD to Provide Meals for Students 7 Days a Week

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“Grab and Go” breakfast and lunch service for children 18 and younger will extend to weekends starting March 28, thanks to the continuing partnership between the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) and the City of Pasadena. Pre-packed meals are available for pick up at seven PUSD schools from 9-11 a.m. Meal service will continue during PUSD’s spring recess March 30-April 3, 2020. 

PUSD began offering the weekday meal service to all children after schools closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Since the meal service started on March 17, PUSD has served more than 7,000 pre-packaged breakfast and lunches. “Grab and Go” food centers are staffed by PUSD Food Service workers and community volunteers. 

Weekend meals are provided through special one-time funding by the Pasadena City Council to address unforeseen and unmet food needs for PUSD students. The Rose Bowl Operating Company and Pasadena Convention Operating Company are instrumental in supporting with logistical and staff support.

Weekend meal service will be provided by the City of Pasadena at the same seven school sites until classes resume. Meals will follow the same nutritional guidelines as PUSD meals offered during the week.

“I am pleased to partner with the City of Pasadena to extend vital support to our students and families during this time when we are all staying home to protect our community.” said Superintendent Brian McDonald. “We appreciate our continuing productive relationship with the city, and we are united in our commitment to serving students and their families.”

The seven PUSD Grab and Go Food Centers are:

Eliot Arts Magnet Academy
2184 N. Lake Ave.
Altadena, CA 91101

Field Elementary
3600 E Sierra Madre Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91107

John Muir Early College Magnet High School
1905 Lincoln Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103

Madison Elementary
515 Ashtabula St. 
Pasadena, CA 91104

McKinley K-8 School
325 S Oak Knoll Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101

Norma Coombs Elementary
2600 Paloma St.
Pasadena, CA 91107

Wilson Middle School
300 S. Madre St.
Pasadena, CA 91107

This program is solely for the pick-up of meals as meals cannot be consumed on site. Families are encouraged to continue to be proactive in reducing the risk of COVID-19 by not congregating at the school site once meals have been distributed, continuing to wash their hands often, sneeze or cough into a tissue or their sleeve and stay home if they are sick.

Community-based organizations Collaborate PASadenaSTARS and the Pasadena/Altadena Coalition of Transformative Leaders (PACTL) are delivering student meals to homes of children whose parents/caregivers are working, have no transportation or are sick.

Information about PUSD’s Food Services is available at pusd.us or via the PUSD Family Hotline at (626) 396-3606.

March 26, 2020

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