Free Meals for all Oakland Students; Mayor’s Town Hall on Distance Learning Today

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As we reported earlier this week, Alameda County is still on the most restrictive tier due to widespread cases of COVID-19. However, some more places will be allowed to re-open starting tomorrow, Friday, September 4, including hair salons and barbershops, and outdoor swimming pools. Here is a full list of what is allowed to be open in Alameda County.

OUSD’s Free Meals Now Open to All Oakland Students

At the start of the school year, OUSD’s meals were only for OUSD students, and required people picking up meals to have an AERIE ID number, due to a federal policy. The number of people picking up meals dropped during this time.

During the summer, the school district’s grab and go meal sites were open to all Oakland students. Starting today, the meals will again be open to all Oakland students, including those attending charters and schools outside of Oakland.

“On Thursday, families will be able to pick up ten meals per child, plus other necessities courtesy of our partners across the city and county,” according to a district press release.

Along with meals, the sites sometimes offer Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) produce boxes and hot meals from local restaurants, courtesy of World Central Kitchen.

The sites are open from 8 am- 1 pm on Mondays and Thursdays, with 22 locations in Oakland:

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

Virtual Town Hall on Distance Learning

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As distance learning will be the mode of education in Alameda County in the foreseeable future, the Mayor, Libby Schaaf, is convening a town hall today focusing on this topic.

The panel takes place today, Thursday, September 3, at 6 pm.

The virtual town hall features panelists:

  • Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf
  • Sal Khan – Founder & CEO of Khan Academy 
  • Lakisha Young – Oakland Reach Co-Founder & Executive Director
  • Kelleth Chinn – OUSD Coordinator of Instructional & Assessment Technology

Submit questions here. Listen to the panel on FacebookTwitterInstagram, or YouTube (with closed captioning), or dial in by phone at (669) 900-6833, 413825986#

Author Profile

Momo Chang is a freelance journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the Oakland Voices Co-Director. Her work focuses on healthcare, immigration, education, Asian American communities, food and culture. She is a former staff writer at the Oakland Tribune. Momo has received journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative reporting and the Asian American Journalists Association, among others. Her work has appeared in the East Bay Express, San Francisco Chronicle, Wired, and The New York Times. Momo is primarily a print journalist who also produces audio and visual stories for documentary film and radio. She is a Senior Contributing Editor for Hyphen and formerly the Content Manager at the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

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