BY Charmaine Little
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has continued Kern High School District’s waiver from this spring, allowing the school to provide students with free meals in the new school year, according to a press release issued Sept. 2.
The meal distribution began Friday, Sept. 4. Moving forward, food will be distributed at all 18 comprehensive high schools and Nueva Community High School weekdays between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. for children 2-18 years old. Children who are served do not have to provide their school IDs, but students do have to be present to get the meals. They will receive breakfast, lunch, a snack and dinner.
Curbside delivery will also continue to serve special needs children and others in their household, starting Tuesday, Sept. 8. Participating families will get a call notification, Kenny Seals, Director of Business Administration announced in the release.
Distribution sites include Arvin High School, Bakersfield High School, Centennial High School, East High School, Foothill High School, Golden Valley High School, Highland High School, Independence High School, Kern Valley High School, Liberty High School, Mira Monte High School, North High High School, Nueva Communication High School, Ridgeview High School, Shafter High School, South High School, Stockdale High School and West High School.
For more information, the KHSD Public Information and Communications Manager, Erin Briscoe-Clark can be reached at (661) 827-3171 or Erin_Briscoe@kernhigh.org.
Ahead of summer break, schools in the Kern High School District were closed and minimally staffed as an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, which had been declared a pandemic just weeks before. The school district also provided summer meals from Monday, June 1, through Thursday, July 9, according to a previous release.