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CUSD Curbside Meals (COVID-19)

The Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) recognizes that many of its students rely on school for more than just an education. Students and families in this district may also see school as a source of shelter, discipline, care or food. Therefore, CUSD is providing thousands of meals to children every weekday until campuses reopen.

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The district began distributing meals at eight campuses, and currently distributes at 11 as of Thursday, Mar. 26. San Juan Elementary School in San Juan Capistrano, Marco Forster Middle School in San Juan Capistrano, Las Palmas Elementary in San Clemente, Hidden Hills Elementary in Laguna Niguel, RH Dana Elementary School in Dana Point, Wood Canyon Elementary School in Aliso Viejo, Las Flores Elementary School in Rancho Santa Margarita, Carl Hankey K8 School in Mission Viejo, Marblehead Elementary School in San Clemente, Marian Bergeson Elementary School in Laguna Niguel and Castille Elementary School in Mission Viejo are all included.

The District served 18,432 meals in just three days, providing 6,144 children with two meals a day. Marco Forster Middle School and San Juan Elementary School have reportedly reached the highest number of students.

To reduce the possibility of this CUSD program encouraging the spread of COVID-19, drivers are implored to either lower a window next to an open seat or open their trunk for the meal or meals to be placed there. In order to take part, one must go to one of the drive-through sites anyday Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children of at most 18 years must be present.

UPDATE (4/4/2020): The district has now served 61,061 meals as of April 3rd.

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