In Partnership with Revolution Foods, Our Little Helpers, & San Diego Unified School District
Los Angeles, CA – November 24, 2020 – Since the beginning of the pandemic in March, KIPP SoCal Public Schools partnered with healthy school meal provider Revolution Foods, non-profit meal sponsor Our Little Helpers, San Diego Unified School District, and together have provided 1 million meals to local families in efforts to combat the hunger crisis in Boyle Heights, Compton, East Los Angeles, Huntington Park, Maywood, South Gate, South Los Angeles, and Southeast San Diego.
“Our schools are in communities that have some of the highest rates of food hardship in the nation,” Amanda Lanfré, KIPP SoCal Public Schools Associate Director of Regional Operations shared. “Children in our school communities may not always have access to healthy food in their homes, and our goal has always been to provide as many meals as possible to children, whether they are physically in school or distance learning.”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, far too many children are going hungry – food insecurity expands beyond low-income Angelenos, striking 1 in 4 L.A. County households during this crisis.
“While this pandemic has negatively impacted so many families across the nation, we feel fortunate to have the opportunity to work with leading organizations like KIPP SoCal to help ensure our communities have access to the highest quality nutrition at this critical time,” said Kristin Groos Richmond, CEO and co-founder of Revolution Foods.
Mrs. Carachea, a mother of three students, is grateful for the assistance. “What they give us at our KIPP school helps a lot – the distribution of meals – that has helped us immensely,” said Mrs. Caratachea.
KIPP SoCal Public Schools will continue providing free breakfast, lunch and dinner to families throughout Southern California for the remainder of the school year. Most importantly, any child under the age of 18, not just those enrolled at a KIPP SoCal school, will continue to receive nutritious meals to help them learn.
All meals are free for all children. Meals can be received at any of KIPP SoCal’s 17 meal distribution sites – Tuesdays and Thursdays in L.A. County or Monday-Friday in San Diego. Here is a behind-the-scenes look during a meal distribution day and a video of community moments. For site specific details, visit www.kippsocal.org/updates/meal-program.
About KIPP SoCal Public Schools
KIPP SoCal Public Schools is a nonprofit organization that operates 20 tuition-free, open-enrollment charter public schools, grades TK-8. KIPP SoCal’s award-winning schools educate more than 8,800 students with a whole child approach to learning and support 5,100 alumni to and through college. Learn more at www.kippsocal.org and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.