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COVID-19 Food Resources

El Monte City School District provides the children of our community with four daily meals through its grab-and-go meal distribution program, operated from four sites from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Meals are available to families with children ages 18 and younger. Children need not be present during meal pickup.

EMCSD Meal Program Distribution Sites

Durfee SchoolFood Service Workers
12233 Star St.
El Monte, CA 91732
Gidley School
10226 E. Lower Azusa Ave.
El Monte, CA 91731
Potrero School
2611 N. Potrero Ave.
El Monte, CA 91733
Shirpser School
4020 Gibson Road
El Monte, CA 91731


Additional Food Distribution Sites

Our partner high school district is distributing meals at the following locations:
El Monte High School
3048 Tyler Ave.
El Monte, CA 91731
Arroyo High School
4921 Cedar Ave.
El Monte, CA 91732
South El Monte High School
1001 Durfee Ave.
South El Monte, CA 91733

Food Assistance for Families

Because schools are closed due to COVID-19, children who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals can get up to $365 in food benefits in addition to grab-and-go meals from schools. These benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT. See the fliers below for more information.
Where can families apply?
Families should look out for a message from their school district or local com-munity based organization about how to apply in mid to late May.
Use it like a debit card.
Families will get up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use on food and groceries. If you already have this card, you do not need to apply online.
How will families get their P-EBT benefits?
Most families with children who applied for CalFresh or Medi-Cal benefits do not need to apply. They will get their P-EBT card in the mail during the month of May. P-EBT cards will begin arriving around May 12, 2020 through May 22, 2020.

Families with children who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals and who do not get their P-EBT card in the mail by May 22, 2020 must apply online before June 30, 2020.
*Students can still pick up to-go meals if they have P-EBT benefits.