Jan 14, 2019:
- LA Teachers Strike Begins: Food Assistance Needed for Students and Teachers
- Board of Supervisors To Hold Hearing on Impact of Federal Shutdown on CalFresh January 15
LA Teachers Strike Begins: Food Assistance Needed for Students and Teachers
From LA Food Policy Council:
This morning, Monday January 14, we are likely to see an historic strike led by the 34,000 members of the teacher's union. A strike like this has not been seen in Los Angeles for nearly 30 years.
Approximately 80% of LAUSD students qualify for free or reduced school meal programs, and rely on school food for their daily nutrition.
Donating to The Food Drive?
If your company or organization is in a position to donate meals or food product, please consider linking with the many efforts happening to feed students during a strike.
You can contact UTLA's food drive coordinator, Garrick Ruiz, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (213) 400-7756.
What is Needed to Feed Students?
- Donating food products
- — Shelf-stable produce, packaged snacks, beverages that don't need refrigeration.
- — Hot or cold meals that are ready-made to eat.
- — Grocery bags of food to go with families.
The more your donations are ready for distribution on site at the school campus, the better, as teachers and volunteers will not be able to do much assembly or preparation.
Elina Shatkin in LAist has outlined some other volunteer efforts to feed kids during the strike
Online Fundraising Campaigns to Feed Students
Board of Supervisors To Hold Hearing on Impact of Federal Shutdown on CalFresh January 15th
Tuesday January 15th The LA County Board of Supervisors will hold hearing on the SNAP Shutdown Impact PDF.
SNAP is the federal name for what's known as CalFresh in California. Food aid is provided to over a million Los Angeles residents through CalFresh. A prolonged government shutdown could affect delivery of benefits.
Board meetings start at 9:30 AM and are held at 500 W Temple St. Downtown LA