The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD or District) closed its campuses from March 16, 2020 to May 1, 2020 (or until further notice) in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In response, the District, in partnership with the Red Cross, opened 63 Grab & Go Food Centers (Centers) to distribute free meals to all students who need them during the temporary closure of schools (Project). The 63 Centers are staffed weekdays from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Each student is provided two meals to eat at home. LAUSD has provided more than 4 million meals since the Grab & Go Food Centers opened on March 18. The Centers are serving approximately 432,000 meals each day. The conversion of 63 of the District’s campuses to Centers (Project) are staffed with existing District staff and are located on existing District school campuses.
The Centers use the existing facilities and utilities; however, the Centers may require additional facilities and utilities to respond to the demand associated with the Project. While the specific needs for each of the Centers may vary, it is anticipated that some variation of additional storage, refrigeration, generators, and/or traffic (new car trips) will be associated with the Centers need to respond to the increased demand.