Food Resources for our Families in Need
Updated: Apr 17
These are trying times for our community, as we try to find a 'new normal' during the Covid-19 crisis. Food access is essential for us all, and can be especially difficult for many of our most vulnerable families. As a child who grew up receiving WIC and free/reduced school lunch, the issue of family nutrition is important to me. Here are some resources to help NMUSD families navigate these trying times.
For NMUSD Students: NMUSD has a coordinated 'grab-and-go' lunch program across the school sites. Lunches are provided from 11:00-12:30, Monday-Friday, for students 18 and under (*note: per USDA, the child does not have to be present in the car). For the exact list of school locations providing this, please check web.nmusd.us/nutrition for the most up-to-date information, as things can change.
For Pregnant Women & Children Under 5: The WIC (Women, Infants & Children) program supports the nutritional needs of young families and pregnant women. As of today (3.23.20), WIC is NOT closed. It is still supporting the families that rely on this critical nutrition service. Please go to https://m.wic.ca.gov for the most up-t0-date information, and to see if you qualify.
For Families: The County of Orange Health Care Agency has compiled a list of nutrition resources that are available in both English here. and Spanish here. There are food banks and organizations working on providing access to nutritious foods.
For Our Seniors: The Orange County Office on Aging (officeonaging.ocgov.com) has resources about the Meals on Wheels Program and other nutrition programming for our older adults here. They also have an "urgent need" phone number that any older adult can call for any service (1.800.510.2020). In addition, the City of Costa Mesa Senior Center has updated food access resources, including what stores are open early for our Seniors here.