Updated December 1, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued nationwide federal waivers and approved state-specific requests intended to provide temporary flexibilities for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Seamless Summer Option (SSO), School Food Service Program (SFSP), and the Child and Adult Food Program (CACFP).

Updates, including new requirements, resources, and answers to frequently asked questions, are regularly posted to the California Department of Education COVID-19 School and Child and Adult Day Care Meals webpage.

Local Resources

  • Second Harvest of Silicon ValleySchool Meal Locations: Second Harvest Silicon Valley manages a Google Document that lists school food locations in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Please check the document regularly for updates. 
  • Emergency Food Information: If anyone is in need of food, they should call the Second Harvest Food Bank's Food Connection Hotline (in any language) at 800-984-3663 to get connected to a nearby distribution.
  • Farmers Markets: Several farmer's markets remain open and most accept EBT. The Pacific Coast Farmers' Markets maintains a list of open markets throughout the Bay Area, including a list of San Mateo locations.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Policy Memorandums 

The USDA released several Policy Memorandums with questions and answers intended to provide clarification to state agencies and Child Nutrition Programs (CNP) operators during the novel coronavirus public health emergency:

Updates regarding the USDA waivers and additional information for program operators are regularly posted to the California Department of Education COVID-19 School and Child and Adult Day Care Meals web page.

Nutrition Waiver Requirements and Distribution Methods

CA Meals for Kids App

California Meals for KidsThe CDE CA Meals for Kids mobile app has been updated to help students and families find meals during COVID-19-related emergency school closures. The information that populates the meals sites data is generated from the CDE's Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS). All school districts are encouraged to enter the information for their sites in the CNIPS site application. The app is available for free download through Apple’s App StoreGoogle’s Play Store, and Microsoft’s App Store web pages.

More Information

General Information:

Email: info@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5515