CUSD hits another record in meals served

By Elysse James

Capistrano Unified’s Food and Nutrition Services is setting records each week for the number of meals served to local children while campuses are closed.

In the tenth week of meal distribution, CUSD has served 30,002 meals just this week, said Shannon Illingworth, Nutrition Specialist. The total for the 10 weeks of preparing and distributing meals is 282,479, she said.

There will be no meals distributed this coming Monday in observance of Memorial Day. Meal distribution will resume on Wednesday. Each child will receive three breakfasts and three lunches on Wednesday.

All local children are invited to receive meals from Capistrano Unified distribution sites.

Jennifer Lantz and Leonardo Gonzalez, right, work in the cafeteria at San Juan Hills High as they put together school lunches for the students of Capistrano Unified School District during the COVID-19 virus school closure.
Photo by Steven Georges/Cornerstone Communications

Any child age 18 and younger can receive the meals as long as they are in the vehicle; if children are not in the vehicle adults must hold documentation up to the window, such as a letter or email from the school showing the child is enrolled, a report card, attendance record, student ID card, or birth certificate for a child not in school.

To pick up meals, people stay in their vehicles and line up at the participating school sites. As the vehicles approach the curb, signal how many meals are needed by holding up that number of fingers. Staff then place meals on a cart next to the curb, and step away at least 6 feet before the person gets out of their vehicle to collect the food, doing their best to not touch the cart. If the cart is touched, it will be sanitized before the next meal is placed.

This keeps everyone a safe distance apart to protect both employees and families.

Meals will be served between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Wednesday.

This service takes place in the parking lot or bus lane at these participating schools: 

  • Carl Hankey K-8: 27252 Nubles, Mission Viejo
  • Castille Elementary: 24042 Vía La Coruna, Mission Viejo
  • Hidden Hills Elementary: 25142 Hidden Hills Rd, Laguna Niguel
  • Las Flores Elementary: 25862 Antonio Pkwy, Rancho Santa Margarita
  • Las Palmas Elementary: 1101 Calle Puente, San Clemente
  • Marblehead Elementary: 2410 Via Turqueza, San Clemente
  • Marco Forster Middle School: 25601 Camino Del Avion, San Juan Capistrano
  • Marian Bergeson Elementary: 25302 Rancho Niguel Rd, Laguna Niguel
  • H. Dana Elementary: 24242 La Cresta Dr, Dana Point
  • San Juan Elementary: 31642 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano
  • Wood Canyon Elementary: 23431 Knollwood, Aliso Viejo

Visit the Food & Nutrition Services Department website for more information.

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