COVID-19 & School Food: Resources & Support
The novel coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) has led to sudden, widespread school closures across the country and globe. School food teams are working tirelessly to adapt to school closures and provide remote feeding solutions. To help ensure our nation's most at-risk children are being fed during this time of crisis, we’ve pulled together resources from our partner school districts to provide a place for operators to see what others are doing. For general information and specific guidance for school districts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, click here.
Check out the new series on our blog, The Lunch Line, showcasing food service directors and school food teams on the front lines of this crisis. Click here to learn more.
Dear Chef Ann Foundation community,
Much like our organization and industry, I'm sure most of you are scrambling to create some semblance of order in our new realities. The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting so many aspects of our lives, and just when we think we have a handle on it, there’s another twist.
Right now, our school food service professionals are on the front lines of this crisis. They’re working very long hours, creating makeshift cafeterias, and ensuring that our most vulnerable populations have food and nourishment. We are incredibly grateful for their service to our country.
We also want to appreciate those who have reached out asking how they can help during this time. The Chef Ann Foundation (CAF) wants to make sure that we provide support where it’s needed, and right now school districts are scrambling just to meet the needs of their new remote feeding programs.
Because many school food leadership teams had to create emergency plans in such a short time period, they haven’t had the opportunity to confer with fellow districts on planning and issues. So our first step in support is to gather operational plans from our partner districts, to provide an at-a-glance view of different district’s decisions.
We have developed this webpage with links to our partner districts’ remote feeding plans, along with topline information about federal guidance during this time. In addition, we have links to partner sites that provide other information and helpful resources for school food programs.
If you are looking for ways to support your local school food programs, please visit your school district websites to see if they need donations or volunteers. CAF will continue to connect with all of our partner districts across the country to better understand their needs as this situation evolves. We will make sure to alert our community to any efforts we are undertaking, and any support needs we have.
Stay safe and healthy, and take care of each other.
Chief Executive Officer
Chef Ann Foundation
Examples: Emergency Feeding Plans & Communications
- Podcast Episode: One On One With: Bertrand Weber of Minneapolis Public Schools on feeding kids while keeping employees safe during coronavirus
- COVID-19 Employee Safety SOP from Austin Independent School District
Cincinnati Public Schools, Cinncinati, OH
- Crosby Independent School District, Harris County, TX
- Marysville Joint Unified School District, Marysville, CA
- Oxford School District, Oxford, MS
- Tempe Elementary School District, Tempe, AZ
- District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, D.C.
- Prince William County Public Schools, Manassas, VA
- Minneapolis Public Schools, Minneapolis, MN
- Manhattan-Ogden USD 383, Manhattan, KS
Federal Guidance for U.S. Schools
- Emergency grants for Massachusetts school districts and nonprofits from Eos Foundation
- Meal Storage and Heating instructions from Weaver Union School District
- Facebook group: TIPS for School Meals That Rock
- Comprehensive COVID-19 Resources from LunchAssist
- Emergency grants from No Kid Hungry
- School Nutrition Association Resources
- Updated COVID-19 Guidance for K-12 Schools from the California Department of Educatioin
- Food Research and Action Center COVID-19 Updates