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LAUSD Will Give Out 1.5 Million Meals To Families Ahead Of Thanksgiving

By Ashlyn Davis November 23, 2020

This huge relief effort will provide 5 meals for each family member that can be enjoyed together over the Thanksgiving weekend.

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) will be giving out five meals per family member ahead of Thanksgiving which amounts to 1.5 million meals, according to an update by Superintendent Austin Beutner. The meals will be handed out from Wednesday, November 25, at 63 of the district’s grab-and-go centers from 7 a.m. While the centers are open on weekdays, they will be closed over Thanksgiving from November the 26th to the 27th.

LAUSD has been providing meals for families since the onset of the pandemic in March, but no relief efforts would match this scale within just one day. “This effort sounds like something out of the Guinness Book of World Records because I don’t think any relief program has ever provided a million and a half meals in just one day,” Beutner said.

Here’s a map of the grab-and-go center across Los Angeles:

These particular meals will include a selection of traditional holiday offerings such as sliced turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy and green beans. The aim is to give families something to sit down and enjoy together, according to officials.

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With current cases reaching alarming rates, LAUSD will keep schools closed until it’s safe to open them again. By giving these meals out, parents are given the opportunity to make the best choices for their family’s health knowing that their basic needs will be covered.

To help keep this relief program running, you can text GIVER to 76278 to donate or visit LAStudentsMostInNeed.org for more information.

Featured Image: Joel Muniz via Unsplash