Meals for kids under 18

Kids Corner - Meals
Free meals for kids under 18
Elementary, middle, and high schools are giving away free meals (drive-through method). Call the nearest school by your home to see when they are open – some for breakfast and lunch.

Take your learning online!
Lucky you. You get to:

  • Explore
  • Have some fun reading
  • Step through books to go any place in the world — and in time

This is your chance. Have fun and keep your mind at ease. Dive into a good book. You can download an app from your library so you can check out books without leaving your home.

Reading Resources

Kids Corner - Reading

SCORE! At YOUR Local Library

Both County library plans have free apps that all can use in the county if they have an up to date library card. Those apps give use for audio books, e-books, and some teaching (FUN!) games for free.

Online, without leaving home


Kids Corner - Activities

Stuck at home?
Things to Do with Kids Now That We’re All Stuck at Home

  1. Go camping in the living room.
  2. Teach your pet a new trick
  3. Play with sidewalk chalk (write hopeful words outside in your driveway)
  4. Play indoor volleyball or soccer with balloons
  5. Play “the floor is lava”
  6. Play in a bubble bath
  7. Make a scrapbook
  8. Do a puzzle
  9. Fold clothes together
  10. Play “Spa Day”

School’s Not Out – It’s Online

San Joaquin County Office of Education

They have lots of great tools for parents and kids at all grade levels. Bookmark Weekdays by 9:00 a.m., new highlights and short videos pop up on their Facebook page,

Stanislaus County Office of Education

Dedicated school staff and teachers continue to work behind scenes to support families and help students keep learning.

Bookmark their site, at to keep in touch.

Parent & Student Resources
Meal Service
Community Resources
  • Love Our Neighbors
  • CA state hotline - 833-544-2374 that people — particularly older, isolated Californians — can call for local non-medical services, such as food delivery and mental health care.
  • Shopping Resources for seniors:
    A look at which Central Valley stores are helping seniors with special programs because of coronavirus. All programs are active now, except where noted. This list will be updated at  as more stores and chains add programs.
    • Stanislaus County officials announced Thursday night that starting Monday, seniors older than 60 can visit the following senior or community centers listed below and register to pick-up a five-pack box of Sun Meadow frozen meals. Each box contains five frozen entrees, milk, juice or fruit cup and a mini loaf of bread.
    • Big Lots: All of the national discount chain’s stores have reserved the first hour of each day for senior citizens and “those most vulnerable to this virus.” Other shoppers are being asked to respect the senior shopping hour. Big Lots stores are open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
    • Cardenas Markets: The western states Latino grocery chain will open an hour early each day for “seniors & first responders” to shop before the general public. The special shopping window is open to senior citizens, their caretakers, people requiring a extra time and first responders. The special shopping hour will be 6 a.m. to 7 a.m., with its general public hours from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m .
    • Dollar General: The chain of discount stores began a senior store hour, the first hour of business each day, to allow seniors and other at-risk customers time to shop. Others are “strongly encouraged” to plan their shopping accordingly. Stores are also closing an hour early to allow for restocking. Store hours vary, so call or check online at  for your closest location.
    • La Perla Tapatia: The Central Valley-based Latino grocery chain is reserving the first hour of shopping each day to customers age 65 and up and those with disabilities. From 7 to 8 a.m. will be reserved for people in those groups and stores are asking other customers to stay away during those times.
    • O’Brien’s Market: The Modesto-based grocery chain is allowing those age 65 or older to shop one hour before the store opens daily to the general public. Shoppers should be prepared to show identification. All of its stores, in Modesto and Riverbank, now have limited hours from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the general public to allow for restocking and cleaning. The senior shopping hour starts at 7 a.m. daily.
    • Raley’s: The supermarket chain is offering those 65 or older Senior Essential Bags with pre-selected bags of grocery essentials at a discounted price starting Saturday, March 21. The bags can be picked up up in-store or curbside, and friends of caregivers will be allowed to purchase them for the elderly. There are two bag options, a $20 with staples including fruits and vegetables, canned soup, pasta and sauce, beans, peanut butter and canned tuna, and a $35 with ready-to-eat meals which can be heated at home with entrees and salads. Bags will be available first-come, first-serve and given out one per family.
    • Safeway: 7:00 am to 9:00 am, Tuesday and Thursday.
    • SaveMart: 6:00 am to 9:00 am, all stores.
    • Smart & Final: The grocery chain is offering a half-hour window starting at 7:30 a.m. before the store opens to the general public to allow “seniors and other at-risk populations” to shop. That includes those age 65 or older, customers with disabilities and pregnant women. People should be prepared to show ID to enter during the reserved shopping time. Normal store hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
    • Target: The national chain has reserved the first hour of shopping each Wednesday to “support vulnerable guests,” which includes the elderly and those with underlying health concerns. The senior shopping hour is from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesdays. The stores have also reduced their daily hours, closing by 9 p.m. daily in order to restock and deep clean the premise.
    • Walmart: The national chain is offering a one-hour window before stores open to the general public once a week for customers aged 60 and older starting March 24. The senior shopping hour will be from 6 a.m. to 7 .am. every Tuesday. Store hours have been reduced for the general public to allow stocking and cleaning. The new store hours are 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily.


Parents’ Corner – Reading

Raising a reader starts simply: with talking, singing, reading, writing and playing. Through San Joaquin Reads,   and Beyond Our Gates (UOP), partners are giving parents the tools they need to build early reading skills each day.

School’s Out –Summer Learning Guides: Summer can be a time for enrichment and exploration, but for too many children, it’s a time when main student skills are lost. Working with the San Joaquin County Office of Education and The Record, University of the Pacific builds a bilingual summer learning guide that is given to nearly tens of thousands of local students each year.

DIY Crafts

Test out these DIY projects that’ll bust boredom for good.

What will do you with all those toilet paper rolls?

Here are some cool activities do to:

How to make a toilet paper roll bird feeder:

  1. Empty toilet paper roll
  2. Peanut butter
  3. Bird seed
  4. Knife or spoon for spreading the peanut butter
  5. Plate or paper plate
  6. Choice: string

Japanese Flying Fish:

  1. 3 toilet paper rolls
  2. Double-sided tape
  3. Tissue paper
  4. White paper
  5. Scissors
  6. 1 dowel
  7. Twine (string)

Posted on April 1st, 2020 and last modified on July 29th, 2022.