In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mark Mendoza, Child Nutrition Service Director for Cajon Valley Union School District, has worked hard with his team to distribute between 10,000 - 14,000 meals a day to their students and families. During the transition to moving students towards remote learning, Mark and his team had to make quick adjustments to distribute meals at 17 different sites. Mark and his team worked with district leadership to create a plan to produce and distribute meals throughout the community. The team made an ask to the community for support, and over 300 people signed up to help. As the district worked to pack up meals, volunteers would support in handing out meals – with great enthusiasm and sometimes even dressed in fun costumes.
Community members who volunteered to distribute and hand out meals included staff from the warehouse, administrators, IT support, assistant superintendents, parents, police officers and local pastors. “On behalf of our team,” says Mark Mendoza, “we just want to say a special thanks to all of the people who help provide meals for the youth of our community. Your time, effort, care and generosity have all made this possible.