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Grab and Go Meal Pickup will be closed Monday, May 31 in honor of Memorial Day.

If you need food during this time, click on the links below for resources:

Berkeley Food Pantry

Berkeley Food Network

Alameda County Community Food Bank

Food Banks of Contra Costa and Solano Counties



Grab and go meal pickup is available 5 days a week at Cornell, Marin,

Oceanview East, and Oceanview Annex when schools reopen. 

Bags include one day's worth of breakfast, lunch, snack and supper Mondays-Fridays. Distribution will be from 11:30 to 1:45 to accommodate the staggered release times. Afternoon TK and K families can pick up meals at the 12:30 drop off time. 

Grab and go meal pickup will continue at the Albany High School multi-purpose room on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for high school, middle school and remote students. 

 The high school location will be offering free, fresh produce that you can choose yourself. 11:30 to 12:30 on the second and fourth Fridays of the month. Provided by Berkeley Food Network.


2020-21 School Year Information:

Not every child needs free school meals but, during COVID-19, every child can help our school's budget by taking those free meals. While counterintuitive, it's true. School meal funding is complex and depends on the number of meals we provide in multiple ways. Our school participates in federal child nutrition programs, such as the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and during Covid, the Summer Food Service Program. Pre-Covid, we would receive subsidies for each breakfast and lunch we serve, even to those students who pay for their meals. Distance learning has greatly affected the number of students and meals we're serving this year, which has negatively impacted our foodservice budget.

Through the end of the 2020-21 school year, the federal government is allowing us to provide FREE breakfast, lunch, snack and supper to all children 18 years old or younger, regardless of income levels. The more meals we provide, the better off our school will be this year and next. 

Picking up meals is easy and convenient. We distribute grab and go meals on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at the Albany High School multipurpose room, 603 Key Route Blvd. from 11:30 to 1:30. Multiple meals will be served on those days to provide food for 7 days a week. Simply tell us how many children under 18 are in your household and we'll provide the appropriate number of meals. When elementary schools reopen, distribution will expand to include Cornell, Marin, OV East, and OV Annex, 11:30 - 1:45. Grab and go bags will include one day's worth of food Mondays - Thursdays, and three day's worth on Fridays to cover the weekend. 

Additionally, we offer La Farine and Firebrand Artisan Breads day-old bread and pastries brought to us by The Daily Bread Project, while supplies last. On Fridays, we offer grocery bags with a variety of shelf-stable food items provided by the Alameda County Food Bank, while supplies last. The high school location will also be offering free, fresh produce that you can choose yourself provided by Berkeley Food Network from 11:30 to 12:30 on the second and fourth Fridays of the month. 

Free school meals can help you stretch your own household food budget, save time, and provide your child with sound nutrition and a sense of normalcy in these turbulent times. Please help us stay financially healthy this year and next by picking up school meals each week. Your family's participation is crucial to our program's financial solvency and our ability to continue to provide meals to your children, as well as those who need them most. 


Grab-and-go meals may not be eaten on campus. 

You do not need a barcode or identification

Social distancing measures are in effect.

Face coverings are required.

Children do not need to be enrolled in the district, nor be present to pick up food


If you have any questions, please contact Sabina Feinberg, Executive Chef at 510-558-2608.




Resources for food:

Berkeley Food Pantry

Alameda County Community Food Bank

Food Banks of Contra Costa and Solano Counties


Good nutrition and learning go hand in hand.
The Nutrition Services department is made up of a team of food and nutrition professionals that are dedicated to students' health, well being and their ability to learn. We support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices.

Meals, foods and beverages sold or served at schools meet state and federal requirements which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. We provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.

General Food Information: In Albany Unified we strive to use as little processed foods as possible. All foods we sell are free of corn syrup and food colorings. We serve brown rice, whole grain pasta, whole grain breads and whole grain pizza crust. We use local and organic produce whenever possible. Our milk is hormone free and we serve 1% and Non-fat white milk. We serve chocolate milk two days a week at the elementary and middle schools. The price of school meals are $4.00 for elementary and $4.25 for secondary. Breakfast is $2.00.

Free and Reduced Lunch Information: We are encouraging every eligible family to complete an application for free/reduced price school meals. Even if your student does not intend to take advantage of the lunch program, every qualified application is counted towards bringing significant federal and state funding to our schools! Click here to go to our meal applications page. 






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Notice: The California Revenue and Taxation Code (RTC) Section 19853(b) requires local educational agencies (LEA) that operate the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) to annually notify households about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Information Act.

Earned Income Tax Credit Information Act Communication

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