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All the fixings: Sequoia district hands out Thanksgiving meal kits to families

Cristina Gomez, left, and Mirna Aquino, right prepare bags of food for local families at Sequoia Union High School District's Central Kitchen in Redwood City on Nov. 23. Photo by Olivia Treynor.

Sequoia Union High School District officials distributed free Thanksgiving meal kits to families of local students in kindergarten through 12th grade this week due to "overwhelming" demand amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

District officials gave out 2,400 meals to roughly 600 families, which included turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet corn, gravy, peas and carrots, stuffing, cranberry sauce and blueberry crumble, through a contactless drive-thru at the Food Services Central Kitchen in Redwood City on Monday, Nov. 23.

"There was nothing but gratitude from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.," said Yaz Widatalla, the district's food services supervisor on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

This school year, the district has offered free breakfast and lunch to all children under the age of 18 — including students who don't attend district schools — while campuses are closed for distance learning. Food insecurity has increased during the pandemic, Widatalla said.

"Why not do something a little bit extra?" he said of the meal kits. "Not only to reach out to the students, but the families as well."

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District officials are also considering distributing meals around the Christmas holiday.

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All the fixings: Sequoia district hands out Thanksgiving meal kits to families

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Uploaded: Wed, Nov 25, 2020, 10:58 am

Sequoia Union High School District officials distributed free Thanksgiving meal kits to families of local students in kindergarten through 12th grade this week due to "overwhelming" demand amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

District officials gave out 2,400 meals to roughly 600 families, which included turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet corn, gravy, peas and carrots, stuffing, cranberry sauce and blueberry crumble, through a contactless drive-thru at the Food Services Central Kitchen in Redwood City on Monday, Nov. 23.

"There was nothing but gratitude from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.," said Yaz Widatalla, the district's food services supervisor on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

This school year, the district has offered free breakfast and lunch to all children under the age of 18 — including students who don't attend district schools — while campuses are closed for distance learning. Food insecurity has increased during the pandemic, Widatalla said.

"Why not do something a little bit extra?" he said of the meal kits. "Not only to reach out to the students, but the families as well."

District officials are also considering distributing meals around the Christmas holiday.

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nan
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Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Nov 25, 2020 at 2:26 pm
nan, Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
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on Nov 25, 2020 at 2:26 pm
6 people like this

What a wonderful ,compassionate and generous community gesture of providing food before, during and after Thanksgiving. The unrelenting and lengthy pandemic has brought home like never before, how food insecurity is real and rampant and in our own local cities and neighborhoods.
I applaud SUHSD's efforts and hope they can find a way to continue to give food to those that need it throughout the District. Bravo, SUHSD!


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