Dec 10, 2017
Southern California fires are still burning. L.A. Unified closed 265 schools as a result, but is keeping school meals available for students in need.
The quick-moving fires that started last week in multiple locations across Southern California have forced thousands to evacuate their homes. There are six fires of various sizes across Southern California, including San Diego, Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. L.A. Unified closed 265 schools because of area fires, but doing so also left the 80% of district’s students from low-income families without their relied upon meal source: the school cafeteria.
In the nation's second-largest school system, many students depend on schools for breakfast, lunch, and — in some cases — dinner. L.A. Unified responded by designating three San Fernando Valley schools as areas where students and area families could pick up food through the weekend.
It is still unknown if schools will reopen in the district today, but school officials say they plan to keep meal opportunities for students available regardless.
Schools are closed amid firestorms, but campus kitchens stay open http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-edu-meals-for-closed-schools-20171209-story.html