As students in the Sacramento Unified School District (SCUSD) have started online education, most of the secondary activities such as recess,or club programs that engage students in comradery and physical tasks aren’t as accessible due to California’s school campus being closed.
A few ways the city of Sacramento is helping families, students, and youth alike stay active within the community are recreation pages filled with virtual activities. Since Gov. Gavin Newsom has supported distance learning by acquiring students with laptops, Chrombooks, and internet access. A few programs have bridged the gap for virtual programs into reality.
Many students are relying on grab-n-go meals provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This food program through SCUSD Nutrition Services titled “The Central Kitchen” is a project aimed at providing healthy sustainable meals and recipes in means to support better eating habits and spread food literacy. According to the website, the SCUSD operates with Community Eligibility Provision(CEP) at 58 of its 80 schools. CEP allows schools in low-income areas to serve breakfast and lunch to students at no cost. Students that attend a CEP school will qualify and do not need to submit a meal application for the school year.
The Central Kitchen food program serves USDA approved meals to students 18 and younger on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 11am-12:30pm. Students receive 2 days worth of meals; Day 1 is lunch, supper, and snack. Day 2 is breakfast, lunch, and supper snack; with a fresh milk per meal.
“Another food program I’m working with is the Food Literacy Center. They visit Woodbine elementary once a month to distribute Recipe Kits which consist of veggies, spices, to combine in various recipes to 50 families per month. Students can learn how to cook fresh vegetarian dishes at home for free with the recipe kits,” says Ms.Charlene, Program Manager with Woodbine Elementary.
For more information on recipes, CEP school sites and how to apply go to https://thecentralkitchen.org/resources/applyformeals/