Campaigns seek to feed students and teachers during anticipated teachers strike

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As negotiations between the Los Angeles Unified School District and United Teachers Los Angeles continue Wednesday, several crowdfunding campaigns seek to make sure that if UTLA launches a strike on Thursday, LAUSD students won’t go hungry.

The Feed LA Students during Teacher Strike GoFundMe campaign says 68 percent of the students at Thomas Starr King Middle School in Los Feliz are on the free and reduced lunch program, and it is estimated that at least half of all students may not attend school during the strike.

The strike would impact around 600,000 students across Los Angeles. LAUSD officials said that schools will remain open and meals would continue to be served, but the campaign still seeks to raise $1,500 to provide bagged lunches for families to pick up in front of the school in the morning or at lunchtime, and has already exceeded the goal, with more than $1,675 donated.

“The teachers want to make sure that students have healthy food available to them during this teacher action,” the campaign’s page says.

Another campaign, called Tacos for Teachers, wants to raise at least $5,000 to send taco trucks to the picket lines, and has received more than $2,600 so far. It was started by Democratic Socialist of Los Angeles (DSA-LA) and Los Angeles International Socialist Organization.

The specifics have not been finalized but they are looking to hire local loncheras, DSA-LA organizer Max Belasco told Los Angeles foodie blog L.A Taco.

“We’re looking at a number of taco trucks,” Belasco said. “The thing is that we’re trying to get local ones for each area – one in Northeast L.A., one in West L.A., San Fernando Valley, and so on. We should have that figured out in the next couple of days.”

The campaigns can be found at www.gofundme.com/tacos-for-teachers, and www.gofundme.com/food-program-for-la-students-during-strike.

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