Free Meals for Oakland Kids
All children in Oakland - 18 years old and younger - and students in OUSD's Young Adult Program can receive free meals.
There are two ways to receive this food: (1) Free Home Delivery, or (2) Pick Up
(1) Free Home Delivery
To support families who can not go to our food hubs because they are supporting students during distance learning, OUSD families living in Oakland will be able to sign up for weekly home delivery of OUSD meals. Once enrolled, families will receive:
- A week’s worth of OUSD meals for each child in the house: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 suppers
- Twice a month families will also receive a fresh box of vegetables (thanks to generous donors)
An OUSD student and any of their siblings (18 years old and younger) who live in the same household are eligible for meal delivery. At least one child in the household must attend an OUSD school.
To sign up, you will need the OUSD ID number of at least one child in the household. Most students know their ID number. The ID number is the student’s lunch number and their technology password during distance learning. If you do not know your child’s ID number, contact your school site.
Families can enroll directly by filling out one of these google forms:
(2) Pick Up
Meals are available at 13 locations throughout the city. Families no longer have to prove their students attend District-run schools. Students attending charter schools, private schools, or homeschooled are all eligible. Pick Up days are Mondays and Thursdays, between 8am and 1pm. Please note:
- Social Distancing measures and face coverings are required.
- Kids do not need to be present to pick up food.
- Multiple days worth of food can be picked up at once. (Three meals for each weekday, and two meals for each weekend day.)
Meal Pick Up Locations starting in 2021:
Northwest/West Oakland: Sankofa Elementary and West Oakland Middle School
Central Oakland: Allendale, Bella Vista, Cleveland, Garfield, La Escuelita and Manzanita SEED/Manzanita Community* Elementary Schools
(*Manzanita location offers pick up on Mondays only)
East Oakland: Bret Harte, Coliseum College Preparatory Academy (CCPA), Elmhurst United, Frick United, and Life Academy/United for Success
About Our Menus
All OUSD menus are available to view or download/print. See "This Month's Menus" for current school menus and scroll down for "Next Month's Menus" to see what we'll be serving soon.
Not sure which menu your child's school uses? Click here for a list of OUSD menus by school site.
If you have questions about the menus used at your child's school, please contact Nutrition Services at (510) 434-3334.
Paying for School Meals
Students can pay for meals in the cafeteria with cash or check.
Families can also pay online by signing up for a free account at myschoolbucks.com.
- It’s simple, secure & free
- Receive low balance alerts
- Make meal payments on the go
If you have a smartphone, you can download the MySchoolBucks Mobile App: