As schools around the country are shut down due to Covid-19, many families who previously relied on free school lunches did not know how to feed their children. Country-wide, more than 20.2 million students receive free lunches from their schools, and 1.8 million receive reduced price lunches.
With rising panic from parents around the country, small businesses have stepped up to help. In Novato, Tommy’s Salsa, Bacon and Pearl have distributed free food to students.
“We give out free little amigos burritos from around 11:00 am to 1:00 pm,” a Tommy’s Salsa employee said.
Pearl has also stepped up amidst the chaos, preparing over 45 meals for the Novato healthcare personnel. They also welcome any donations. Many people have donated items including toilet paper, toothpaste, and shampoo for others to pick up at Pearl.
These restaurants have been saving graces to many families, who have quickly shown their appreciation. Hand-drawn thank you cards and drawings cover a wall of Tommy’s Salsa, showing the sheer gratitude from both parents and kids.
With Covid-19 spreading across the world, simply providing free food has been a service to the community.