Fewer schools to offer free meals for LBUSD kids next week

The Long Beach Unified School District will continue offering free meals for kids during a planned five-week closure, though fewer schools will be serving as pickup sites.

Beginning Monday, campuses will continue to offer free meals except Beach/Reid, Browning, CAMS, Lowell, Millikan, Naples, PAAL, Renaissance, Sato and Stanford.

Beginning Tuesday, the remainder of schools offering meals will transition to one pick-up period, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. During that time, students can receive lunch along with food items for the next day’s breakfast. Students who attend schools that no longer serve meals can still receive meals at their nearest school.

The number of children utilizing the service has been climbing: The total meals served for the first four days was 30,228; on Thursday the district served 10,000 meals, said LBUSD spokesman Chris Eftychiou.

Deputy superintendent Jill Baker said that the LBUSD has plenty of food and they’ll continue to distribute it throughout the closure.

“We have the food, people need to come get it,” she said.

The district will also be distributing more information on home-learning plans on Monday, and students will be able to pick up Chromebooks to complete the work on Wednesday.

Individual schools will provide information about gaining access to the internet at home, for families that still need access.

How to get free meals:

Who’s eligible: All children aged 1-18, regardless of whether they’re a student. No ID is required.

What food is available: Lunches along with take-home breakfast for the next day

When will meals be served: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays

Where will meals be berved: Every LBUSD campus except Beach/Reid, Browning, CAMS, Lowell, Millikan, Naples, PAAL, Renaissance, Sato and Stanford. Find a map of LBUSD schools here.

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