Cajon Valley Union School District is taking the safety and wellbeing of communities served by the district into their own hands at full force. On March 14, 2020 Superintendent David Miyashiro posted a plea on YouTube, calling CVUSD employees to take action to ensure children in their communities are cared for by volunteering with CVUSD Child Nutrition Services. Many students in the Cajon Valley region rely on Child Nutrition Services for breakfast and lunch, and school closures in the wake of COVID-19 have left these children without their usual reliable meals.
This call to action was put out in response to Governor Newsom’s executive order to shelter in place due to the COVID-19 outbreak, leaving only essential businesses open. Assistant Superintendent Michelle Hayes expressed in the YouTube video with Miyashiro the need for volunteers to assemble, hand out, and pick up and deliver meals districtwide. The district had already received many emails from concerned employees wondering how they could help in this time of uncertainty, but after Miyashiro’s video an overwhelming number of emails poured in from employees to volunteer.
All children in the Cajon Valley community under the age of 18 have access to these grab and go lunches without any sort of verification. Title 1 school sites in Cajon Valley are set up to provide meals to students who need it, and anyone under 18 who shows up to one of the CVUSD sites providing meals will receive a meal. Child Nutrition workers and volunteers are leading by example, following regulations given by the CDC to practice social distancing and stay at least 6 feet apart and taking extra sanitary precautions while preparing and delivering meals. Hayes states in a recap video of CVUSD’s efforts that the district and those involved in this endeavor are “doing everything [they] can to stop and prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
Assembling thousands of daily meals that contain a lunch and breakfast in each is just one example of how Cajon Valley Union School District and the stellar employees working for the district are doing their part to unify and care for their community. Jen Moore, a Child Nutrition Supervisor for CVUSD, said it best. “The really awesome thing about Cajon Valley is that people celebrate each other like family. This is not unexpected for Cajon Valley to do, to really step up and try and make sure that we continue to support each other and our families.”
Everyone involved at Cajon Valley Union School District is committed to making the community the best place to live, work, play and raise a family. Assistant Superintendent Hayes sends a hopeful message to her community: “We’re not only going to get through this, we’re going to rock it!”
Cajon Valley Union School District will be providing meals Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following locations:
Anza Elementary – 1005 S Anza St, El Cajon, CA 92020
Bostonia Language Academy – 1390 Broadway, El Cajon, CA 92021
Cajon Valley Middle School – 550 E Park Ave, El Cajon, CA 92020
Chase Elementary – 195 E. Chase Avenue El Cajon, CA 92020
Emerald Middle School – 1221 Emerald Ave, El Cajon, CA 92020
Flying Hills Elementary – 1251 Finch St, El Cajon, CA 92020
Greenfield Middle School – 1495 Greenfield Dr, El Cajon, CA 92020
Johnson Elementary – 500 W Madison Ave, El Cajon, CA 92020
Lexington Elementary – 1145 Redwood Ave, El Cajon, CA 92019
Madison Elementary – 1615 E Madison Ave, El Cajon, CA 92019
Magnolia Elementary – 650 Greenfield Dr, El Cajon, CA 92021
Meridian Elementary – 651 S 3rd St, El Cajon, CA 92019
Montgomery Middle School – 1570 Melody Ln, El Cajon, CA 92019
Naranca Elementary – 1030 Naranca Ave, El Cajon, CA 92021
Rios Elementary – 14314 Rios Canyon Rd, El Cajon, CA 92021
WD Hall Elementary – 1376 Pepper Dr, El Cajon, CA 92021
No verification needed for this service and all children ages 0-18 are eligible.
For more information during the COVID-19 Pandemic, please visit www.cajonvalley.net/covid19info
About Cajon Valley Union School District
Named a 2019 Top Workplace in San Diego, Cajon Valley Union School District focuses on the positivity of each student’s unique strengths, interests, and values. Serving over 60 square miles of San Diego’s East County, Cajon Valley Union School District offers personalized education, with programs that develop students into happy kids, healthy relationships, on a path to gainful employment; making El Cajon the best place to live, work, play and raise a family. Visit the district at www.cajonvalley.net, and don’t forget to follow CVUSD on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and Instagram.