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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Unified School District is opening 60 grab and go food centers to help the families with children home amid the coronavirus pandemic.

While all of the LAUSD schools are currently closed, the district is partnering with the Red Cross to distribute food to students who need it. The centers will be open starting on Wednesday and will staffed from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Each child is allowed to take home two free nutritious meals. Any child in need of a meal will not be turned away.


Los Angeles County Charter schools are adding to the list of free food distribution sites for students by opening 82 grab and go locations. Any child under the age of 18, regardless of the school they attend, can receive a free meal. You can see the full list here.


Additionally, Red Cross volunteers will be able to provide families with disaster preparedness information. Anyone can sign up to volunteer at a distribution center here.

All volunteers will be practicing social distancing, wearing gloves, and keeping a 6-foot distance away from people.

“The Red Cross is here to help during times of need, and here in LA, there is need: School cancellations are visiting hardship and hunger on many students,” said Jarrett Barrios, CEO for the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region. “We are so pleased to staff these food distribution sites with Red Cross volunteers and call on Angelenos to join us by signing up to volunteer to help feed our schoolchildren.”