3 ways noncommercial operators have been helping wildfire evacuees

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As the wildfires in California continue to spread, foodservice directors are opening up the doors of their operations to help. Here are three ways they’re stepping up to aid those impacted.

1. Meals from Guy Fieri

Butte College in Oroville, Calif., offered up its main campus as a staging area for first responders battling the flames. Celebrity chef Guy Fieri came to campus to serve dinner to those staying there. While students aren't allowed to stay on campus during the emergency, the school has opened its center for students to receive counseling, financial aid and items from a food pantry.

2. Fresh food at shelters

Palisades Charter High School, Taft Charter High School and Piece College in Los Angeles are acting as shelters for those impacted by the Woolsey fire, which are being run by volunteers from the Red Cross. Those staying at the shelters are able to receive food that has been donated by local restaurants.

3. Free meals for kids

This week, two elementary schools in Chico Unified School District in Chico, Calif., served as meal sites, offering free meals to children 18 and under. Kids could select from menu items such as turkey and cheese sandwiches, pizza and more.

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