Free Meals for OUSD Students

  • Starting August 10the Nutrition Services Department will operate 22 pick-up locations throughout the city where “Grab and Go” meals will be available for any student registered and enrolled in TK to 12th grade at one of our District-run schools, or in our Early Childhood Education or Young Adult Programs. This is due to a new federal rule. In other words, we can no longer provide meals for children too young to be enrolled in school or students enrolled in charter or private schools. 


    Each time you pick up food at a distribution center, you must “verify” or prove your child’s enrollment by providing your child’s Aeries student ID# by doing one of the following:
    • Bring the letter mailed by Nutrition Services that explains the changes and includes your child’s ID# and a scannable barcode.
    • Bring your child’s student ID card with their Aeries ID# from the previous year (and ideally have a barcode in order to be scanned).
    • Wait in a separate line and have your child’s information looked up in a district database at the food distribution site (this could be a slow process and we highly recommend families bring a copy of their letter).


    Please note:

    • Pick-up days are Mondays and Thursdays, between 8am and 1pm at 22 pick-up locations.
    • Social Distancing measures are in effect.
    • 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.




    The 22 Meal Pick Up Locations Are:


    Northwest/West Oakland: 

    • Hoover Elementary
    • Sankofa Elementary
    • West Oakland Middle School


    Central Oakland: 

    • Allendale Elementary
    • Bella Vista Elementary
    • Cleveland Elementary
    • Garfield Elementary
    • La Escuelita
    • Manzanita SEED/Manzanita Community
    • Oakland High School


    East Oakland: 

    • Bret Harte Middle School
    • Castlemont High School
    • Coliseum College Preparatory Academy
    • Elmhurst United Middle School
    • Esperanza/Korematsu Elementary
    • Fremont High School
    • Frick Impact Academy
    • Horace Mann Elementary
    • International Community School / Think College Now
    • Life Academy/United for Success
    • Madison Park Upper
    • New Highland/Rise Academy


    NOTE: We have ended food distribution at East Oakland Pride, Melrose Leadership, and Emerson Elementary and we are opening up one new food site at the co-located International Community School and Think College Now campus.


    Download a flyer with a map of sites








  • Meals are available for OUSD students on Mondays and Thursdays, between 8am and 1pm at 22 pick-up locations.

Volunteer to Distribute Meals

  • OUSD is looking for additional volunteers to support distribution of food and supplies to families in need during the fall. Food and supply distributions are taking place at 22 OUSD school sites throughout Oakland.

    We are currently seeking volunteers who are employees of OUSD, employees of an OUSD-approved partner (for example, after-school program staff), existing OUSD volunteers (such as through Ed Fund), and other community members. Note that community member volunteers will need to be cleared through the Megan's Law registered sex offender database.

    In order to volunteer, you must be (1) healthy (meaning that you have no underlying health conditions and no symptoms for cold or flu, including cough or fever over 100 degrees); (2) under the age of 65; (3) to your knowledge, have not had contact with COVID-19-positive individuals in the past 2 weeks; and (4) be willing and able to interact with students and families. We are also looking for volunteers who can commit to our sites on a regular basis. Please be aware that safety and social-distancing protocols will be implemented (and required) at the school sites.

    Please use this form to let us know your availability to support with distribution. We are working to be as responsive as possible but our response may be delayed. As a follow up, you may receive a request from the "Sign Up Genius" App to ask you to sign up for sites/timeslots. Thank you for your patience and interest in supporting Oakland families.