Families with students in Los Angeles Unified School District schools will continue to have access to free lunches and breakfasts during a planned three-day walkout that begins Tuesday.
Two dozen to go locations, mapped on an LAUSD website, they have established themselves throughout the county. Families will be able to pick up six meals per student on Tuesday between 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Meals are intended to cover breakfast and lunch on days when schools are closed.
The walkout is led by Service Employees International Union Local 99 to protest alleged unfair labor practices in LAUSD.
The union, which is seeking a 30% pay increase, represents staff, including bus drivers, custodians, busboys and cafeteria workers. Members of United Teachers Los Angeles join the strike in a show of solidarity.
Starting this school year, all LAUSD students in grades TK-12 receive free breakfast and lunch through the California Universal Food Program. LA CafeLAUSD’s food service division estimates that it serves more than 107 million meals a year.
For many students, school-provided meals are the only nutrition they receive. More than 80% of LAUSD students live at or below the poverty line, according to the Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health.
The following are the go-to locations to pick up free breakfast and lunch for students.