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Los Angeles Unified Recognizes an Important Milestone In Its Food and Community Relief Efforts (04-19-21)

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Shannon Haber, 213-393-1289                             April 19, 2021

Los Angeles Unified Recognizes an Important Milestone
In Its Food and Community Relief Efforts

  • Nation’s largest school-based relief effort has provided 123,232,019 meals along with about 30 million items of much-needed supplies to children and adults in need

  • More than 93 million of the meals were provided to children and almost 30 million to adults 

  • LA Students Most in Need, a charitable fund established by Superintendent Austin Beutner to help in the relief effort, raised funds and in-kind donations totaling almost $40 million
  • Children will continue to be able to receive meals at any school, every weekday, whether they are participating at school in-person or online

LOS ANGELES (April 19, 2021) – The Los Angeles Unified School District marked an important milestone today in its nation-leading relief effort as it completed the transition of its relief efforts back to a school-based meal program focused on students.

When school campuses closed, hundreds of thousands of children counted on Los Angeles Unified for nutritious meals each day at school. In less than a week, the district set up a food relief effort that has since provided children and adults with more than 123 million meals along with 30 million items of much-needed supplies. 

“Behind each meal is a dedicated team of cafeteria workers, custodians, warehouse workers, truck drivers, school principals and staff and countless others without whom none of this would have been possible.” Superintendent Austin Beutner said. “We are also grateful to the many businesses, individuals and philanthropic organizations that have worked to serve the community in this time of need. Together, we provided meals to all who needed them without question because we knew it was the right thing to do.”

Los Angeles Unified received funds and in-kind donations totaling almost $40 million to LA Students Most in Need, the charitable fund that was created by Superintendent Beutner to help provide a safety net for the school community. 

April 16th was the last day of service for the school-based Grab and Go Food Centers. 

Every child will continue to be able to receive meals at any school, every weekday, whether they are participating in school in-person or online. 

“It’s been our privilege to serve the community in this time of need,” Superintendent Beutner said. “We will continue to do all we can to help the students and families we serve in our schools.” 

Adults in need of food assistance are encouraged to visit the Los Angeles Unified website for information about alternative sites for food assistance. 

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