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Local School K-12 Districts – Nutritional Services  

Please find a listing of nutritional service resources related to our K-12 school districts within the boundaries of the MSJC Service Area. The following information is subject to change. We encourage you to contact the K-12 district directly for the most recent up-to-date information relative to nutritional service offerings. 

School District  Nutritional Services 

Banning Unified 

Children must be present and visible, to receive a meal during school closures per state and federal guidelines. Thank you for your cooperation. Starting Wednesday March 18, 2020, Banning USD Nutrition Services will be adding two additional meal site locations, one in Cabazon and one in Whitewater. One will be on the corner of Esperanza and Elm between 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and the other will be on the corner of Haugan-Lehmann and Tamarack in Whitewater from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. The following sites will still continue to serve breakfast and lunch between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Cabazon Elementary/Hemmerling Elementary/Nicolet Middle School. If you have any questions or concerns please email us at 

Beaumont Unified 

The Beaumont Unified School District, Child Nutrition program is providing an opportunity for families to drive through and pick up meals for the children in their family, at a number of school sites. Children, 18 years and younger, must be present in order for meals to be provided. The following schools will provide a lunch for that day and breakfast for the following day: Beaumont High | Palm Innovation Academy 

Starlight Elementary | Three Rings Ranch Elementary 
Meals will be served between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the parking lot or bus lane at each participating school. Please stay in your car and meals will be passed through based on the number of children in the car. 

Hemet Unified 

During District closure, Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 3, Nutrition Services will provide breakfast and lunch meals free of charge to children 18 years of age and under. Breakfast and lunch will be served at the same time Monday through Friday at every school location from 11:00AM-12:00PM, except at the Western Center location. It is a drive-thru/walk-up type of meal service. For those driving, HUSD asks that you stay in your car and bagged meals will be provided for each child present. If you have students at multiple schools, you only need to visit one location.  Children need to be present to get their meals  

Lake Elsinore Unified 

LEUSD will provide free meals for children under age 18. Drive-through “grab ‘n go” service will be offered at ten LEUSD schools Monday through Friday beginning March 23, and served between 11:00 AM and 12:30 PM. Children must be present to receive meals. LEUSD will provide a sack lunch for the day and breakfast for the next day, packaged together. A complete list of participating schools is shown below, and is also posted on ParentSquare, as well as district and school web sites. For the safety and health of all participants, meal service is a drive-through, curbside pick-up system. Occupants must remain inside their vehicles at all times. Each child in each vehicle will be counted and provided a meal. Walk-up service is available for children without vehicular transportation; however, all meals are to be taken off premises, or consumed at home. Meal program availability subject to change due to current or future public health order(s) regarding school closures, so please check ParentSquare and LEUSD websites for the latest program information. Participating school locations, times and guidelines are listed on ParentSquare and on all school and district web sites under "Latest News"...this will be a drive-through or curbside service. Click here for school locations, times, guidelines. 

Menifee Union School District 

Even with school closures, Menifee USD and Nutrition Services is dedicated to providing a healthy meal to children in our community who need them. Here are the specifics: 

WHO: Children ages 18 years old and under may have a FREE “Grab & Go” meal at one of the specific school sites listed below. No form or registration is required but someone in the family must be enrolled in the Menifee Union School District. Please see link for specific school locations and serving times.  

WHAT is Served: To-go Grab & Go Meals 

WHEN: Wednesday March 18- April 3, 2020 (Monday-Friday) Date range may change based on CDC & RCDPH guidance. 

HOW: Adults may drive up with children 18 and under in a car, or students may walk up to the designated location in front of the school site. A pre-packed meal will be given to each child that is present in the vehicle without getting out of the car, or who walks up. Meals will be consumed off site at home. 

WHERE: In front of the following school sites. Any special dietary accommodations must be on file with Nutrition Services via Medical Statement, and NS notified 24 hours in advance at (951) 679-8355.  

Moreno Valley Unified 

Grab and Go” meal service throughout the duration of this unprecedented crisis. Lunch will be available to all children and teens Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at all K-12 Moreno Valley Unified Schools. Under current state requirements, students must be present to receive a “Grab and Go” meal, which includes lunch and breakfast items for the following morning. Please keep an eye out for a business card in your “Grab and Go” lunch bag that contains information regarding independent learning and enrichment opportunities. 

Murrieta Valley Unified 

Nutrition Services will be offering a drive thru distribution of daily “Grab-and-Go” meals, free of charge for enrolled students. Students will need to be present to receive meals, and each Murrieta Valley USD enrolled student and children in their household, 18 years and younger may take a meal which includes lunch and a breakfast item for the following morning. Some meals will require home heating or basic preparation. There will be no congregate feeding, or areas where students may eat the meal at the distribution site; all food must be taken home and consumed offsite. Meal distribution times for all locations will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. beginning on Tuesday, March 17 through March 27, 2020. Meals will not be available Saturday or Sundays and will end prior to Spring Break. Serving locations: • Avaxat Elementary School; 24300 Las Brisas, Murrieta, CA 92562 • Dorothy McElhinney Middle School; 35125 Briggs Road Murrieta, CA 92563 • Thompson Middle School; 24040 Hayes Avenue Murrieta, CA 92562 • Warm Springs Middle School; 39245 Calle de Fortuna Murrieta, CA 92563. If you have any questions regarding service times or locations, please email call the district offices at 951-696-1600 or email at 

Perris Union High 

PUHSD FREE GRAB & GO MEAL PROGRAM - TerraBites Cafe would like to continue serving people 18 years of age and younger meals during this time of school closures. Please review the details below on how to get a person 18 years of age and younger a FREE meal. During this time a breakfast and lunch will be provided to students. DATES: MARCH 16TH THROUGH APRIL 3RD. NO SERVICE DURING SPRING BREAK APRIL 6TH-10TH 



San Jacinto Unified 

SJUSD will continue to offer free breakfast and lunch service for all children age 18 or younger at nine locations with drive-thru pick-up.  Meals are available Monday - Friday from 11 am - 1 pm. All children 18 or younger must be present to receive a breakfast and lunch serving.  Please see the updated flyer with complete information about this free food service. 

Temecula Valley Unified 

CENTRAL PICKUP DRIVE-THRU LOCATION IS TEMECULA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (TES) FROM 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Temecula Valley Unified School District (TVUSD) Nutrition Services program will provide an opportunity for families of students enrolled at TES, VES, and MMS to pick up meals from March 16th through March 20th at Temecula Elementary School. Children must be present in the car for meals to be provided. Breakfast and lunch will be served in pre-packaged grab-n-go bags. Please stay in your car, and meals will be passed through based on the number of children in the car. No TVUSD family who shows up to receive nutrition will be turned away. 

Val Verde Unified 

The Val Verde Unified School District Food Services program will provide an opportunity for families to drive through and pick up meals for the children in their family at select school sites. Meals will be available for any child, 18 years and younger, regardless of free or reduced eligibility or school of attendance. Children must be present in order for meals to be provided. This program will begin on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Meals will be served between 11:00 am and 12:30 pm, Monday through Friday. The meals provided will include lunch for that day, and breakfast for the following day. Meals will continue to be served until further notice, to include the week of spring break. We ask, if possible that you use our drive-up service where meals will be handed to either the driver or passenger of the vehicle. If you do not have a vehicle, you may walk up to the canopies in the parking lots of the sites mentioned. These meals are solely for pick up and should not be consumed on-site. Meals will be served Monday-Friday until further notice. Information about our Feeding program can be found on our website. We hope that you will take advantage of this service and keep each other healthy and safe. 


Housing and Shelter 

  • Hotline for Shelters and Administration (951-462-9822)

  • Community Family Shelter (Emergency) (951-683-4101) - 2840 Hulen Place, Riverside, CA

  • Path of Life Community Shelter (Men and women only 18 years and older) -2530 Third St., Riverside, CA

  • Valley Restart Homeless Shelter (951-766-7476) – 200 E. Menlo Avenue, Hemet, CA 92544 


Health Care and Medical 

  • County of Riverside Department of Public Social Services helps with Medi-Cal (1-877-410-8827) 

  • Medi-Cal 

    • English: 1-800-430-4263 

    • Spanish: 1-800-430-3003  

  • Covered California (1-800-300-1506)



For students receiving GI Bill Payments a new law has been passed that gives the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) the authority to continue GI Bill payments uninterrupted in the event of national emergencies. The new law allows for VA to continue to pay benefits regardless of the fact that the program has changed from resident training to online training. Also, students will continue to receive the same monthly housing allowance payments that they received for resident training until January 1, 2021, or until the school resumes normal operations of resident training. VA is working to immediately implement the new changes to address current and future school terms to ensure students continue to receive their education benefits. 

What should GI Bill Students know? 
There is no action required from a GI Bill student. VA has scheduled several training sessions with all VA approved schools and training facilities over the next couple of days to provide further guidance. If you have questions about your specific circumstance, please contact the Education Call Center at: 1-888-442-4551 between 8 AM and 7 PM Eastern Time, Monday-Friday. 

Support for Undocumented Students 


Support for Unemployment  

  • Employment Development Department (EDD) offers support for employees impacted by the coronavirus disruptions. Employees may be eligible to file for unemployment, disability, or paid family leave 


Employment Opportunities 

NEW: Employers Now Hiring

Company Name Position How to apply  Website


Hemet/San Jacinto

Walmart Stocker Contact the store directly
Dollar General Stocker/Cashier Come into the stores to apply  
Family Dollar/San Jacinto Stocker/Casher Come into the store to apply  
Rite Aid Varies Contact the store
Sprouts Varies contact the store directly
Barons Stocker/Cashier Come into the store
Target Stocker  Come into the store
Ralphs Stocker Come into the store
Vons Stocker Come into the stoer
Rite Aid Varies Contact the store
Uber Eats/Romoland



Barons: All locations Stocker/Casher Come into the store to apply
Stater Bros Stocker Come into the store to apply
Walmart  All Conducting phone interviews, putting folks to work  
Ralphs Stocker Come into the store to apply
Alberterson Stocker Come into the store to apply
Target Stocker Come into the store to apply 
Rite Aid Varies Contact the store directly  



Costco   hiring but same process
Stater Brothers   Come into the store to apply
Ralphs   Come into the store to apply
Albertsons   Come into the store to apply
Sprouts   Come into the store to apply


Moreno Valley/Beaumont   

Amazon Fulfillment Center
Walmart Fullfillment Center


Textbooks and Instructional Resources  

This may be your first time taking an online course. The California Community Colleges have developed a series of videos that address the real challenges experienced by online students, new and experienced, while pursuing success in online classes. 

Technology Needs – Internet Service 

  • Comcast "Internet Essentials" package free for low-income customers for 60 days: to sign up, visit 
    • English 1-855-846-8376 
    • Spanish 1-855-765-6995 
  • Xfinity WiFi hotspots free for everyone: for a list of WiFi hotspots, visit  
  • Charter Communications (Spectrum) broadband and WiFi internet access free for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have internet through the company. (1-844-488-8395) 
  • AT&T free WiFi hotspots for everyone. For current customers, suspension of termination of wireless, home phone, or broadband service when customers cannot pay their bills because of coronavirus disruptions 
  • Verizon waiving late fees and suspending service termination for customers negatively impacted by coronavirus disruptions  
  • T-Mobile providing unlimited data to all current customers who have plans with data for the next 60 days  
  • Spectrum - Free Internet Services - call 1-844-488-8398