crisis response

How San Francisco’s school district is providing meals for families in need

With help from Google My Maps

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Cecile Laberinto leads the dining staff at Willie Brown Jr. Middle School, but during the coronavirus pandemic she is helping run Grab & Go.

The Grab & Go program was created by the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) to give children meals despite coronavirus school closures.
Over half of SFUSD students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, so swift action was crucial.

Anne Moertel, another SFUSD worker, created a Google My Maps listing Grab & Go locations. Meals are not restricted to SFUSD students; all children are welcome.

Behind the scenes, Anne coordinates with meal-site team leaders like Cecile through Google Meet. Every week Grab & Go distributes over 150,000 meals.

“It’s just showing the kids that you actually care and they’re not alone. We’re here for them, and they can rely on us.” – Cecile Laberinto
Thank you, Cecile, Anne, and everyone making sure San Francisco’s children have access to nutritious meals.
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