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Free Meals For Everyone Under 18 in Oakland

There are now 22 pickup locations for free meals for kids across Oakland
By - posted 9/7/2020 No Comment

Thank you Eater SF for letting us know about the new program that offers free “Grab and Go” meals to every Oakland resident under age 18 – not just for kids enrolled in public school as was the rule previously

Oakland Unified District has announced that starting September 3, all children in Oakland, 18 years old and younger, and students in our Young Adult Program can receive free meals.

Their staff will be taking attendance, but families no longer have to prove their students attend District-run schools. They can be students in charter schools, private schools, or homeschooled. 


  • Pick-up days are Mondays and Thursdays, between 8 am and 1 pm at 22 pick-up locations.
  • Social Distancing measures are in effect.
  • Face coverings are required.
  • Kids do not need to be present to pick up food. 
  • Multiple days worth of food can be picked up at once. (Three meals for each weekday, and two meals for each weekend day.)

Meal Pick Up Locations

The 22 Meal Pick Up Locations Are:

 Northwest/West Oakland: 

  • Hoover Elementary
  • Sankofa Elementary
  • West Oakland Middle School

 Central Oakland: 

  • Allendale Elementary
  • Bella Vista Elementary
  • Cleveland Elementary
  • Garfield Elementary
  • La Escuelita
  • Manzanita SEED/Manzanita Community
  • Oakland High School

 East Oakland: 

  • Bret Harte Middle School
  • Castlemont High School
  • Coliseum College Preparatory Academy
  • Elmhurst United Middle School
  • Esperanza/Korematsu Elementary
  • Fremont High School
  • Frick Impact Academy
  • Horace Mann Elementary
  • International Community School / Think College Now
  • Life Academy/United for Success
  • Madison Park Upper
  • New Highland/Rise Academy

 NOTE: They have ended food distribution at East Oakland Pride, Melrose Leadership, and Emerson Elementary and we are opening up one new food site at the co-located International Community School and Think College Now campus.