#CHARTERSGIVEBACK: SoCal Charter Schools Serve Up Meals & Virtual Athletics to Support Students

#CHARTERSGIVEBACK: SoCal Charter Schools Serve Up Meals & Virtual Athletics to Support Students


For the final entry in our #ChartersGiveBack series, we are highlighting three different charter school networks in Southern California and their stand-out efforts to meet the physical and emotional needs of students during the pandemic.

As this series has shown, charter public schools in the Bay Area and Central Valley are a big-hearted, stabilizing force in the communities they serve, delivering vital resources and emotional comfort to kids and their families. It’s the same story when it comes to the charter school community down South.  

Once again, let’s get inspired by how much #ChartersGiveBack!

KIPP SoCal Public Schools is serving healthy meals to all public school students

Since March, KIPP SoCal Public Schools has demonstrated what it means to live out the value of ‘better together.’

The Los Angeles-based charter school network, which operates 20 schools and serves more than 9,000 students, has partnered with Revolution Foods, nonprofit meal sponsor Our Little Helpers, and the San Diego Unified School District to deliver one million healthy meals to families and students from both charter and traditional public schools.

With team members spread across 17 Grab-&-Go School sites, the collective effort has brought much-needed food security to underserved students and families in Boyle Heights, Compton, East Los Angeles, Huntington Park, Maywood, South Gate, South Los Angeles, and Southeast San Diego.

“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,” says Amanda Lanfré, KIPP SoCal Associate Director of Regional Operations.  

For one meal distribution team member, service to the community translates to personal joy.

“I am proud to be part of a team that works together for the community. Being able to bring some relief to families during these unprecedented times is a great joy,” Vanessa G.

For a closer look at KIPP SoCal's food distribution program, head here

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About the Authors: CCSA advances the charter school movement through state and local advocacy, leadership on accountability, and resources for member schools.