Here’s where you can get free meals and books for your kids during the COVID-19 pandemic

The City’s Youth, Parks, & Community Enrichment department is offering curbside meal pickup service at all City community centers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the program started two weeks ago, the City has handed out more than 2,000 meals.

The service is made possible by a partnership with Natomas Unified School District and YMCA.

“Children are out of school, some parents are out of work, and many Sacramento families are struggling right now,” said Jackie Beecham, recreation manager for the City’s Community Enrichment Division. “Providing breakfast and lunch to go is a way to help bridge the gap during this uncertain time.”

This week, the City also began handing out books provided by Sacramento Public Library. The books were previously designated for giveaways at spring festivals and other library outreach events, which have all been canceled because of the Sacramento County Public Health’s stay-at-home orders.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Library to ensure these books get into the hands of our youth, something that’s more important now than ever,” Beecham said.

The curbside pickup program runs Monday through Friday and is free to children 18 and under. No paperwork is required, but a child must be present to pick up a meal. Residents are asked to maintain six feet of physical distance when receiving their meals.

Meals can be picked up at the following locations and times:

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