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PUSD Grab N Go Meal Program Extended to July 31

Published on Thursday, July 9, 2020 | 12:48 pm
 

The Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) will continue to serve free breakfasts and lunches for children and youth 18 years old or younger this summer through the end of the month.

The meals can be picked up at seven PUSD Grab N’ Go Centers and three community sites in the city. 

PUSD has been offering the free meals since mid-March after the physical closure of schools due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Under the 2020 Summer Food Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and PUSD’s Food and Nutrition Services Department, PUSD has provided free breakfast and lunch for children 18 and younger at seven Grab N’ Go Food Centers weekdays from 9 to 11 a.m.

The free meals are served at schools, and other sites throughout Pasadena, Altadena, and Sierra Madre. Prepackaged meals are available for pick up between 9 and 11 a.m. in the parking lot or bus lane at each participating school and community center. Children do not need to be enrolled in PUSD schools to receive a meal and no pre-registration is required.

The city is providing lunch for students and their families on weekends.

The seven PUSD Grab N’ Go sites are Field Elementary School at  3600 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., John Muir Early College Magnet Academy at 1905 Lincoln Ave., Madison Elementary School at 515 Ashtabula St., McKinley TK-8 School at 325 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Norma Coombs Elementary School at 2600 Paloma St., and Wilson Middle School at 300 S. Madre St., all in Pasadena; and Eliot Arts Magnet Academy at  2184 N. Lake Ave. in Altadena. 

The three community curb sites are at Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena, at 2020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.; Thrive Learning Lab at 169 East Orange Grove Blvd.; and Stars, at 500 E. Villa Street, all in Pasadena. 

For more information, visit www.pusd.us/foodservices or call the PUSD Food and Nutrition Services Office at (626) 396-5852. 

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. Under the program, families will get up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use on food and groceries. Families with children who get CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply. 

The deadline for application for P-EBT benefits has been extended to July 15, 2020. For more information, visit: www.cdss.ca.gov/home/pandemic-ebt

Families with children who are eligible for Free or Reduced-Price meals and have not yet received a P-EBT card in the mail, can now apply for P-EBT benefits online at www.ca.p-ebt.org

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