East LA parochial school keeps busy thanks to free lunch program
Handing out some 750 breakfasts and lunches each Monday through Friday during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Our Lady of Guadalupe is the busiest of 38 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles involved in the national “Seamless Summer Option.”
The food distribution program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is a pandemic-time adaptation of the National School Breakfast and Lunch program that 73 local Catholic schools participated in. Before the pandemic, the federal program offered free and reduced-priced meals to low-income students at public and private schools across the country. Now there is no reduced price — only free.