COVID-19 leaves 40% of eligible low-income students without free meals in California desert

Photo: Omar Ornelas

NORTH SHORE, CALIF. — With limited staff and an area larger than Rhode Island to cover, Coachella Valley Unified School District has set up 39 distribution sites, which include many — but not all — of the bus stops where students are normally picked up for school.

District officials say they’re currently providing meals to about 10,400 students. But they acknowledge thousands of children enrolled in the 17,887-student district might not have access. Based on their figures, about 6,000 — or more than 40% — of eligible students aren’t getting the meals they’re entitled to receive. — The Desert Sun

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