HUSD makes meal distribution schedule changes

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Hamilton K-8 staff distribute student food boxes in April. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

Hemet Unified School District announced updates to student meal distribution for local schools Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Starting Wednesday, Oct. 21, the new meal distribution times began at Hamilton and Cottonwood schools.

HUSD will be distributing five-day meal kits Wednesdays only from 6-7 a.m. at Bautista Creek, Cottonwood, Diamond Valley, Hamilton Elementary, Hemet Elementary, Idyllwild and Tahquitz schools or from 3:30-5 p.m. at Bautista Creek, Cottonwood, Diamond Valley, Hamilton Elementary, Hemet Elementary, Hemet High, Idyllwild, Jacob Wiens, Tahquitz, West Valley or Whittier schools.

“We also want to remind our families of the statewide requirement for face coverings and therefore ask that families wear a face covering when picking up meals at our meal distribution events,” according to a district representative.

During the Hemet Unified School District closure, Nutrition Services is providing meals free of charge to children 18 years of age and under. Families that have students at the schools may participate in the drive-thru or walk-up meal service. For those driving, HUSD asked that all persons stay in their car and the boxed meals will be provided for each child present.

For parents with students at multiple schools, they only need to visit one location. Each student receives five days of lunches. Families can also pick up weekly educational packets during the meal distribution event.

Face coverings and social distancing are required during the distribution. The coverings, including bandannas, fabric face masks and neck gaiters, do not need to be hospital grade, but they must cover the nose and mouth. The district asked that families wear face coverings when visiting the meal distribution centers, for their family’s safety and the safety of staff working the events.

Children need to be present to receive their meals; however, exceptions may be made for families that have students who are medically fragile or unable to reasonably transport due to disabilities.

The school closures are for precautionary measures. These measures are to help slow the progression of the virus and protect students, staff and community.

This closure includes all extra-curricular activities, after-school programs and district-sponsored events during this time. HUSD understands that school closure affects all families and is committed to addressing the needs of all its students.

Local meal distribution locations are Cottonwood K-8, Hamilton K-8 and Idyllwild School.

To learn more, visit Hemet Unified School District at http://www.hemetusd.org/.

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at dsieker@reedermedia.com.