Restaurants ranging from small to major franchise are stepping up with schools and others to make sure children and those in need get food.
Several states took measures to ensure school programs could still operate amid shutdowns, and the private sector is also playing a role.
Crema Bakery and Cafe in Austin, Texas, is offering free brown bag lunches during spring break this month to families struggling due to changes with the outbreak, KXAN-TV reported. The outreach was met with an immediate surge of interest.
In Washington, D.C, a steakhouse gave free meals to elderly residents who were keeping isolated due to the outbreak.
And numerous Minnesota restaurants in the Twin Cities have offered free meals in a curbside service format, according to bringmethenews.com. That follows guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recommending "grab-and-go" bagged lunches or meal delivery.
In Florida, there's even a state website, Summer BreakSpot, where families can find free meals for kids under 18 during the coronavirus school closures.