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On Day 2 Of 'Grab-And-Go,' LAUSD Distributes More Than 90,000 Meals

Parents picked up meals for their kids at a grab-and-go center run by the LA Unified School District. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)
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The Los Angeles Unified School District — like many others around Southern California — has closed all of its campuses in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Recognizing that many students rely on schools for meals, the district opened 60 "grab-and-go" food centers on Wednesday, where volunteers and staff are handing out free breakfasts and lunches to kids from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

On the first day of the program, LAUSD staff and volunteers handed out 40,247 meals, the district says. On Thursday, according to a tweet from schools Supt. Austin Beutner, that number more than doubled, to 92,493 people served . [Beutner corrected this on Friday to say more than 183,000 meals had been handed out.

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According to a district spokesperson, the 60 grab-and-go meal centers are staffed by more than 1,200 volunteers and district staff from the Red Cross, Beyond the Bell, LA's Best, food services, and other parts of the district.