LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Unified School District received a $250,000 grant from television writer/producer Chuck Lorre to support its Grab & Go food centers that are providing meals to families during the COVID-19 pandemic, it was announced Monday.
"The fact that over 13 million meals have been served to students and their families by the Los Angeles Unified community is both staggering and inspiring," said Lorre, who is responsible for shows such as "Young Sheldon" and "The Big Bang Theory."
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Chuck Lorre attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage) (Getty Images)
"With more than 600,000 public school students receiving their education remotely for the foreseeable future, the food that was once delivered in cafeterias needs to be made available at home," he said. "That need is immediate, and the time to act is now."
The Chuck Lorre Family Foundation also plans to match other donations, up to $250,000.
"Businesses and individuals have joined together to be part of this effort to help those in need," LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner said. "Each week we've provided more meals than the prior week."
The superintendent said $20 provides a week's worth of lunches to a hungry child.
The LA Students Most In Need charity supports the Grab & Go centers that have been providing the meals to students and families since schools closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, along with toys, special treats, books, baby supplies, sports gear, technology and internet access for all students and other supplies.
Beutner, who said the charity has received $7 million so far, also urged industries with food supplies they cannot sell to contact the LAUSD, which could use the resources.
To donate to the LAUSD charity, text NEED to 76278 or visit LAStudentsMostInNeed.org.