San Diego Unified, Feeding San Diego Offer Expanded Options for Students, Families Amidst COVID-19 Closures

Posted: Wednesday, March 18th 2020

San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten and Chief Operations Officer Drew Rowlands serve food at Kearny High School on Wed., March 18, 2020.

SAN DIEGO - Thousands of meals - in addition to bags of fruit and vegetables - were handed out to San Diego Unified families at designated schools today as the district and its partners Feeding San Diego and the San Diego Food Bank expand efforts to offer lunch, breakfast and groceries to students during unprecedented school closures.

“With help from our partners, no student will be without a nutritious meal during these uncertain times,” said San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten. “We have been adding schools and meals every day to meet the needs of our families.”

Superintendent Marten and Board Vice President Richard Barrera served food Wednesday to families and students at Cherokee Point Elementary School. It's one of nine school sites serving as food distribution centers. Tomorrow, a new center will open at Chollas-Mead Elementary, with more to be opened next week. 

“The community is rallying behind us,” said Richard Barrera, Board of Education Vice President. “We see everybody chipping in and it’s really helping us out during this pandemic.” 

For families without transportation, or those with disabilities, Feeding San Diego will allow friends of the families to help pick up food on their behalf, with no questions asked. 

"We're in a crisis. We have a global health crisis that's all over the news. But it's much bigger than that. It's creating a job crisis, a people crisis, and a food crisis," said Keith Maddox, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council. 

 If any family has any difficulty finding locations with food distribution, call 2-1-1.

Listings of available emergency distributions will be updated daily and published at both and


Food and Nutrition Services is committed to providing healthy school meals and snacks to the students of San Diego Unified in order to support student academic success and promote healthful eating habits that lead to lifelong positive nutrition practices. We provide more than 135,000 meals and snacks per day to students and staff throughout the district, and employ more than 1,400 team members.

School meals are served to students under the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. Meals and snacks are also served through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Seamless Summer Option and the Child and Adult Care Feeding Program. Following the nutrition guidelines prescribed by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, we serve whole-grain rich products; low fat and fat free milk; 100% fruit and/or vegetable juices; and a variety of fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables.


Feeding San Diego is a non-profit organization on a mission to connect every person facing hunger with nutritious meals by maximizing food rescue. Established in 2007, Feeding San Diego is the leading hunger-relief and food rescue organization in San Diego County and the only Feeding America affiliate in the region. Feeding San Diego provides more than 26 million meals every year to children, families, seniors, college students, military families and veterans and people facing homelessness in partnership with a network of 300 local charities, schools, faith communities, meal sites and food pantries. Through an efficient model focused on reducing our impact on the environment, every dollar donated helps provide four nutritious meals to people in need. To learn more about Feeding San Diego and its hunger-relief initiatives, visit 


211 San Diego is the region’s trusted source for access to community, health, social, and disaster services. By simply dialing 211 the call is free, confidential and available in more than 200 languages. 211 provides access to 6,000+ services, resources and programs through our online database.


San Diego Unified Drive-Through Locations


11:00 a.m. - 1:00 pm. 

Clark Middle School

4388 Thorn St. San Diego CA 92105


11:00 a.m. - 1:00 pm. 

Cherokee Point Elementary 

3735 38th St, San Diego, CA 92105


11:00 a.m. - 1:00 pm. 

Sherman Elementary 

301 22nd St, San Diego, CA 92102


11:00 a.m. - 1:00 pm. 

Zamorano Fine Arts Academy 

2655 Casey St, San Diego, CA 92139


11:00 a.m. - 1:00 pm. 

Kearny High School

1954 Komet Way, San Diego, CA 92111


11:00 a.m. - 1:00 pm. 

Walker Elementary School 

9225 Hillery Dr, San Diego, CA 92126


11:00 a.m. - 1:00 pm. 

Farb Middle School

4880 La Cuenta Dr, San Diego, CA 92124


11:00 a.m. - 1:00 pm. 

O’Farrell Charter School

6130 Skyline Dr, San Diego, CA 92114


11:00 a.m. - 1:00 pm. 

Porter Elementary North

445 S 47th St, San Diego, CA 92113


Feeding San Diego Drive-Through Locations (times, dates, and locations vary)


3:00- 6:00 p.m. 

Community Food Connection

14047 Twin Peaks Rd., Poway, CA 92064 


10:30 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. 

Brother Benno Foundation 

3260 Production Ave. Oceanside, CA 92058


9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

Salvation Army El Cajon

1025 E Main St. El Cajon, CA 92021


10:00 a.m. 

SDCCU Stadium - Northeast Lot 

9449 Friars Rd., San Diego, CA 92108



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