April 2020

Local School Sites Offering Free Meals

To All Kids Under 18

Santa Cruz City Schools
Free meals will be available from 11-1 at the following sites in the parking lot. If you are driving, please stay in your car and meals will be provided based on the number of children in the car. All families are eligible for meal services and may pick up meals at any of the following locations:

  • Harbor High School– drive up in the parking lot
  • Branciforte Middle School– drive up in the cut out in front of the school
  • Gault Elementary– drive up drive up on Effey St.
  • Bayview Elementary– drive up in the parking lot near the kindergarten classrooms
  • DeLaveaga– drive up to the parking lot adjacent to the cafeteria
  • Mission Hill– drive up in front of the school
  • Soquel High– drive up in the circle in front of the school

These programs will be solely for the pickup of meals and families must leave campus once they have their meals. We encourage families to continue to be proactive in reducing risk of COVID-19 by not congregating at the school site once meals have been distributed, continuing to wash your hands often, sneezing or coughing into a tissue, and staying home if you are sick.

Live Oak Schools
All children age 1-18 can receive a daily breakfast, lunch and supper in a bag from 7am-9am Monday- Friday at:

  • Green Acres Elementary
  • Del Mar Elementary
  • Live Oak Elementary
  • Shoreline Middle School

SLV District
**UPDATED March 31, 2020

Pizza Friday
Sponsored by SLVUSD and Boulder Creek Pizza
In an effort to combine school, community, and service for SLV families, SLVUSD and Boulder Creek Pizza will offer a PIZZA FRIDAY!

  • Free pizza for all students on Friday, April 3, 2020
  • BCE pick-up location will be from 11:00am to 1:00pm
  • Tri-campus pick-up location will be from 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Boulder Creek Pizza is open for business with both pick-up and delivery options at their Boulder Creek location for orders of full-size pizzas. Please support our local businesses during this time of “Shelter in Place” whenever possible.

Food Service for Spring Break through Extended School Dismissal – May 5th

The SLVUSD Breakfast/Lunch Service will continue during Spring Break. Meals will be available for pick up on TUESDAY, APRIL 7th and FRIDAY, APRIL 10th (only) from 9:00am to 11:00am at BCE and the Tri-campus. Multiple days of food will be provided each day in the “to-go” packaging to ensure that students have breakfast and lunch options during the week of Spring Break.
NOTE: Following Spring Break, Food Service will maintain the new schedule of meal pick-up only on Tuesdays and Fridays at BCE and the Tri-campus from 9:00am to 11:00am with multiple days of food being provided each day.
SLVUSD offers many THANKS to the SLV Nutrition Services Team for their outstanding service, dedication and commitment to students.

The program will be solely for the pick-up of meals and meals will not be consumed on site. We encourage families to continue to be proactive in reducing risk of COVID-19 by not congregating at the school site once meals have been distributed, continuing to wash your hands often, sneezing or coughing into a tissue, and staying home if you are sick.

Pajaro Valley District
Sixteen schools in the district will distribute meals and groceries for free to all families impacted by school closures due to the coronavirus.

  • Alianza Charter 7am- 9am
  • Ann Soldo Elementary 7-9am
  • Hall District Elementary 7-9am
  • Pajaro Middle 7-9am
  • Rolling Hills Middle 7-9am
  • Amesti Elementary 8am-10am
  • Calabasas Elementary 8-10am
  • Freedom Elementary 8-10am
  • Landmark Elementary 8-10am
  • Mar Vista 8-10am
  • Ohlone Elementary 8-10am
  • Radcliff Elementary 8-10am
  • Starlight Elementary 8-10am
  • EA Hall Middle 9am-11am
  • Renaissance High 9-11am
  • Watsonville High 9-11am

Soquel District

Meals available 10-12 M-F in the bus lane or parking lot:

  • New Brighton Middle School
  • Soquel High School
  • Offsite at Emerald Bay Apartments.

Resources for Adults

  • Second Harvest Food Bank community food hotline: (831) 662-0991 8am-4pm Mon-Fri
  • communitybridges.org for info on more food programs for all ages
  • Operation Feed The People offers a free weekly meal every Wednesday from 5-7 at the OddFellows Hall in Boulder Creek. (152 Forest St. Boulder Creek) plus1catering.com for more info

Santa Cruz County Students and Families

Update on Services Through School Closures


Dear Families of Santa Cruz County,


We recognize the significant disruption COVID-19 has caused to daily life and want you to know we are making every possible effort to continue providing support to families and communicate the most current information as it relates to our schools. 

Yesterday, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond, urged all school districts and charter schools in California to remain closed and continue strengthening distance learning programs for students at this time. Superintendent Thurmond’s statement emphasized that “due to the current safety concerns and needs for ongoing social distancing it currently appears that our students will not be able to return to school campuses before the end of the school year.” 

The health and wellness of all students, families, teachers, and staff is the first and foremost priority of all Santa Cruz County Schools. All county Superintendents with the support of Public Health Officer, Dr. Gail Newel, have collectively decided to extend school closures through the end of the school year. While we understand this further extension of school closures poses serious hardship to many families in Santa Cruz County, it is the most effective way to slow the transmission of this pandemic by continuing to implement social distancing practices. 


Although school campuses remain closed, educators across Santa Cruz County are working around the clock to provide meals to students, deliver high-quality distance learning, and support the needs of our most vulnerable youth. We are committed to ensuring students have the resources and services they need to continue their academic progress despite the closure of our school facilities. All districts are working earnestly to provide students with the most appropriate and engaging distance learning programs. 


Important steps parents can take to support their child in distance learning include, but are not limited to, checking emails often for updates from your child’s school, helping them develop a new routine, creating a designated study space at home, and by scheduling breaks throughout the day. Please visit our newly launched resources for Distance Learning site for more suggestions on how to support your child’s education through school closures dlearning.santacruzcoe.org


We understand that many students, especially high school seniors and their families, are concerned about the impact these closures will have on their academic progress and goals. We are in communication with universities, other school districts, and the County Office of Education to develop consistent protocols in relation to grades, transcripts, scholarships, graduation criteria, promotion, college applications, and commencement celebrations. These policies will be communicated out to students and families over the next several weeks. We ask for your patience as we develop these protocols. 


We continue to develop and update resources that may be helpful to students and their families: 


Our students, parents, teachers, and administrators have demonstrated tremendous resilience throughout school closures due to COVID-19. We are deeply grateful to the school community of Santa Cruz County for their flexibility during this unprecedented time. We will continue to provide high-quality distance learning, support,  essential resources to students and families.



Laurie Bruton, Superintendent, San Lorenzo Valley Unified School

District Lorie Chamberland, Superintendent, Live Oak School District

Eric Gross, Superintendent, Pacific Elementary School District

Mike Heffner, Superintendent, Bonny Doon Union Elementary School District

Tanya Krause, Superintendent, Scotts Valley Unified School District

Michelle McKinny, Superintendent, Happy Valley Elementary School District

Diane Morgenstern, Superintendent, Mountain Elementary School

District Kris Munro, Superintendent, Santa Cruz City Schools

Michelle Rodriguez, Superintendent, Pajaro Valley Unified School

District Faris Sabbah, County Superintendent of Schools

Scott Turnbull, Superintendent, Soquel Union Elementary School District

Cabrillo College Status

Stay Enrolled, Succeed from Home

Cabrillo College is in session with classes and services being provided in an online format. We will operate in an online format at least through April 7, and will follow the direction of the Governor’s Shelter In Place Order, along with the CDC, California Department of Public Health, and Chancellor’s Office in determining when to resume in-person operations.

While the campus remains open, most on-campus offices are closed. Services are available online and via phone.

It is important to check your email and Cabrillo’s website daily for updates during this time. We are here for you!

General Resources

Food Resources
For Food support, students are encouraged to call 831-662-0991 for the food resource hotline. This provides days, locations, and hours of operation for food pantries in the county.

Students can get information and assistance with the CalFresh food program at CalFresh or Karen Reyes at [email protected]

Housing Resources
Please visit Cabrillo’s Food and Housing Resources page on the Cabrillo website, cabrillo.edu/services/matriculation/food-and-housing-resources.html, or call Robin West, Cabrillo Retention Program Coordinator, at 831-477-3382

Santa Cruz County Resources
For the most up to date information on county services that are open, call: 211 can help you find food, housing, health care, senior services, child care, showers, legal aid and much more. Call 211. Free, Confidential. Multilingual. Available 24/7. 211santacruzcounty.org/about-us

Technology Resources

Free Internet
Charter, Spectrum and Comcast are offering two months of free internet to low-income households.

WiFi hotspots will also be open for the public. Please direct students or anyone in need to the numbers below to arrange services:

Charter and Spectrum: 1-844-488-8395

Comcast: 855-846-8376 for English or 855-765-6995 for Spanish

Computer Technology Center (CTC) Help
Students who use the CTC for support, CTC and CABT faculty and staff are still around to help! They put together a page today to help support students who usually come to the CTC via Zoom. CTC tutors, faculty, and staff, will have live links available when they are on Zoom, so that they can support students. cabrillo.edu/services/ctc

Library & Tutoring Resources
24/7 Online Library Resources

Book, Article, and Film collections are available anytime from off-campus. Use your

WebAdvisor/Canvas login for access! cabrillo.edu/services/library

Register Now for Cyber Session
Do you need to more units? Register Now for CyberSession – Online and Short-Term Classes Start March 30

Summer Session online
Continue your education online over summer. The summer class schedule will be available online April 15. Registration for continuing students begins April 27. New student registration begins May 19.

This is the perfect opportunity for your high school student to take advantage of FREE dual enrollment!
For current updates please visit cabrillo.edu and click on the top yellow bar to access our COVID-19 website

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