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We Take You Inside LAUSD's Food Distribution Machine

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This week, the L.A. Unified School District marked a sobering milestone: 13 million meals served to kids and adults in need during the coronavirus crisis.

The district has been distributing the meals to kids and adults, no questions asked, since the first week of the COVID-19 school closures. The effort is estimated to cost an extra $78 million, and the district has yet to determine how it will fund it.

To understand how the nation's second-largest school district pivoted to providing widespread community food relief, we followed the meals, from the district's warehouse in Pico Rivera to some of the 63 grab-and-go centers where the meals are packed and distributed.

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