Emerging Strategies & Tactics for Meal Service During School Closures Related to the Coronavirus

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Looking for ideas on how to get meals to kids affected by school closures?


This resource highlights meal distribution strategies that schools and community organizations have already started putting into place across the country in response to widespread school closures due to the coronavirus. In addition to breaking down distribution plans into four main models -- drive thru or curbside distribution, walk-up distribution, mobile or bus route delivery, and direct home delivery -- it also includes guidance and ideas for staffing, staff safety, planning for emergencies, meal preparation, menus and meal options, distribution logistics, communication, and partnerships.

Always defer to guidance from the USDA or your state agency, and please consult with your state agency before implementing a new strategy in order to ensure compliance.

The recommendations and ideas for state agencies previously included in this resource are now presented in a separate document available for download on this page.

These resources will continue to be updated.

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