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NBC News 21 Apr 2020

Los Angeles Schools Have Served 10 Million Meals During Lockdown

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Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest school system in the country, is now running a massive food bank. The district just served it's 10 millionth meal to students and parents who have lost work. NBC News' Gadi Schwartz reports from one of LA's grab-and-go centers.


CNN's Paul Vercammen describes the scene as protesters and police clash in Los Angeles. Protests have erupted in at least 30 US cities over the death of unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Businesses in Los Angeles, Calif., have been damaged after days of protests. The group of demonstrators continues to grow despite the curfew.
A personal chef provides seven young friars-in-training with the comfort of a homemade meal during the lockdown in Milan, Italy. (May 22)
A bleak milestone the United States is about to hit - 100,000 deaths from COVID-19.
Testing is ramping up in some areas after a slow start.
But many states' efforts still lag behind.
At least nine of them have tested only 250 people per million residents.
Los Angeles County is one of few places offering free tests to anyone who wants.
Al Jazeera's Rob Reynolds reports.

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10 MILLION MEAL TO STUDENTS AND PARENTS WHO LOST WORK . WE ARE %
PARENTS WHO LOST WORK . WE ARE % LIVE AT ONE OF LA’S GRAB AND GO
LIVE AT ONE OF LA’S GRAB AND GO CENTER . %
CENTER . % >> THIS HAS BEEN AN ASTOUNDING %
>> THIS HAS BEEN AN ASTOUNDING % FEAT, JUST TO SHOW YOU WHAT WE %
FEAT, JUST TO SHOW YOU WHAT WE % ARE TALKING ABOUT HERE, THESE %
ARE TALKING ABOUT HERE, THESE % ARE THE PACKETS THAT THEY HAVE %
ARE THE PACKETS THAT THEY HAVE % GIVEN OUT TO ALL KINDS OF
GIVEN OUT TO ALL KINDS OF DIFFERENT PEOPLE. %
DIFFERENT PEOPLE. % FRUITS AND VEGETABLES,
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES, CHOCOLATE MILK, A MOTHER SAID %
CHOCOLATE MILK, A MOTHER SAID % THIS IS WHAT HER SON LOOKS %
THIS IS WHAT HER SON LOOKS % FORWARD TO EVERY DAY, GETTING %
FORWARD TO EVERY DAY, GETTING % IT CARTON OF CHOCOLATE MILK .
IT CARTON OF CHOCOLATE MILK . WE ARE TALKING 27,000 POUNDS OF
WE ARE TALKING 27,000 POUNDS OF CARROTS, 26,000 GALLONS OF MILK.
CARROTS, 26,000 GALLONS OF MILK. THIS IS SOMETHING THEY ARE %
THIS IS SOMETHING THEY ARE % DOING DAY IN AND DAY OUT . OVER
DOING DAY IN AND DAY OUT . OVER 10 MILLION MEALS GIVEN OUT SO %
10 MILLION MEALS GIVEN OUT SO % FAR.
FAR. LET ME SHOW YOU HOW THIS WORKS,
LET ME SHOW YOU HOW THIS WORKS, PEOPLE PULL A ., THEY GET THE %
PEOPLE PULL A ., THEY GET THE % FOOD AND I WILL SHOW YOU ALL %
FOOD AND I WILL SHOW YOU ALL % AROUND HERE, THERE ARE %
AROUND HERE, THERE ARE % DIFFERENT STATIONS . ALL OF %
DIFFERENT STATIONS . ALL OF % THESE STATIONS ARE SERVING %
THESE STATIONS ARE SERVING % PEOPLE AND THEY ARE ABLE TO %
PEOPLE AND THEY ARE ABLE TO % COME HERE AND THE ONLY QUESTION
COME HERE AND THE ONLY QUESTION THAT IS ASKED, HOW MANY BAGS DO
THAT IS ASKED, HOW MANY BAGS DO THEY NEED . IT IS SOMETHING WE %
THEY NEED . IT IS SOMETHING WE % ARE SEEING THROUGHOUT THE %
ARE SEEING THROUGHOUT THE % MORNING, THE LINES HAVE BEEN %
MORNING, THE LINES HAVE BEEN % EXTREMELY LONG. %
EXTREMELY LONG. % PEOPLE KEEP COMING . SOME OF %
PEOPLE KEEP COMING . SOME OF % THE NUMBERS HERE, LA USD, %
THE NUMBERS HERE, LA USD, % BEFORE THIS PANDEMIC HAPPENED %
BEFORE THIS PANDEMIC HAPPENED % THERE WAS ALREADY ABOUT 80% OF %
THERE WAS ALREADY ABOUT 80% OF % THEIR STUDENTS WERE BELOW %
THEIR STUDENTS WERE BELOW % POVERTY LINE AND IN ADDITION TO
POVERTY LINE AND IN ADDITION TO THAT JUST LAST WEEK WE LEARNED %
THAT JUST LAST WEEK WE LEARNED % ABOUT 50% OF PEOPLE HERE IN %
ABOUT 50% OF PEOPLE HERE IN % CALIFORNIA HAVE NOW BEEN
CALIFORNIA HAVE NOW BEEN SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACTED BY THE %
SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACTED BY THE % PANDEMIC EITHER THROUGH THE %
PANDEMIC EITHER THROUGH THE % LOSS OF A JOB OR FURLOUGH.
LOSS OF A JOB OR FURLOUGH. LESS THAT WE STARTED HEARING %
LESS THAT WE STARTED HEARING % FROM THE MAYOR, ERIC GARCETTI, %
FROM THE MAYOR, ERIC GARCETTI, % THAT CITY WORKERS MAY BE %
THAT CITY WORKERS MAY BE % FURLOUGHED AND TO BRACE %
FURLOUGHED AND TO BRACE % OURSELVES BECAUSE THIS IS GOING
OURSELVES BECAUSE THIS IS GOING TO BE MUCH WORSE THAN THE 2008
TO BE MUCH WORSE THAN THE 2008 FINANCIAL CRISIS.
FINANCIAL CRISIS. AS YOU CAN IMAGINE THINGS LIKE %
AS YOU CAN IMAGINE THINGS LIKE % THIS ARE ABSOLUTE LIFELINES . I
THIS ARE ABSOLUTE LIFELINES . I WANT TO SHOW YOU SOMETHING ELSE
WANT TO SHOW YOU SOMETHING ELSE THAT IS HAPPENING . AFTER %
THAT IS HAPPENING . AFTER % PEOPLE COME AND GRAB THINGS %
PEOPLE COME AND GRAB THINGS % IMMEDIATELY THEY COME THROUGH %
IMMEDIATELY THEY COME THROUGH % AND THEY SANITIZE EVERYTHING .
AND THEY SANITIZE EVERYTHING . EVERYONE IS WEARING GLOVES %
EVERYONE IS WEARING GLOVES % HERE, THEY ARE ALL WEARING %
HERE, THEY ARE ALL WEARING % MASKS HERE . ,
MASKS HERE . , ,%
,% IS THIS HELPING YOU? %
IS THIS HELPING YOU? % YOU HAVE KIDS AT HOME? ,
YOU HAVE KIDS AT HOME? , ,%
,% HOW OLD ARE THEY? ,
HOW OLD ARE THEY? , ,%
,% ARE YOU WORKING RIGHT NOW? ,
ARE YOU WORKING RIGHT NOW? , ,%
,% SHE SAID SHE CLEANS HOUSE IT.
SHE SAID SHE CLEANS HOUSE IT. SHE SAYS RIGHT NOW THERE IS NO
SHE SAYS RIGHT NOW THERE IS NO WORK . CLEMENT HOW ARE YOU GUYS
WORK . CLEMENT HOW ARE YOU GUYS GOING TO PAY THE RENT?
GOING TO PAY THE RENT? SHE SAYS THEY ARE GETTING %
SHE SAYS THEY ARE GETTING % BEHIND IN THEIR BILLS. %
BEHIND IN THEIR BILLS. % THIS IS HELPING? ,
THIS IS HELPING? , ,%
,% SHE SAYS IT IS NOT JUST DO THEY
SHE SAYS IT IS NOT JUST DO THEY NEED A LOT MORE THAN FOOD SO %
NEED A LOT MORE THAN FOOD SO % SHE IS LOOKING FOR OTHER PLACES
SHE IS LOOKING FOR OTHER PLACES . THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TALKING
. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TALKING TO US . THAT’S JUST ONE OF THE %
TO US . THAT’S JUST ONE OF THE % STORIES WE ARE HEARING, A %
STORIES WE ARE HEARING, A % FAMILY THAT IS LOST THEIR JOBS
FAMILY THAT IS LOST THEIR JOBS AND LOST OUT ON WORK AND THEY %
AND LOST OUT ON WORK AND THEY % DON’T KNOW WHEN THEY ARE GOING %
DON’T KNOW WHEN THEY ARE GOING % TO BE ABLE TO WORK AGAIN . A %
TO BE ABLE TO WORK AGAIN . A % LOT OF FAMILY SAY THEY ARE NOT %
LOT OF FAMILY SAY THEY ARE NOT % EVEN THINKING ABOUT THE RENT AT
EVEN THINKING ABOUT THE RENT AT THIS POINT . WHAT THEY ARE %
THIS POINT . WHAT THEY ARE % CONCERNED ABOUT, IS PUTTING %
CONCERNED ABOUT, IS PUTTING % FOOD ON THE TABLE . AND THIS %
FOOD ON THE TABLE . AND THIS % HERE AT THE LA UNIFIED SCHOOL %
HERE AT THE LA UNIFIED SCHOOL % DISTRICT IS FOOD ON THE TABLE .
DISTRICT IS FOOD ON THE TABLE . THEIR CLASSES MAY BE CLOSE BUT %

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