By 9 a.m. on a recent Friday, the line of mostly young mothers already stretched for a block down the sidewalk along the chain-link fence that separates Our Lady of Guadalupe School from Hazard Avenue. Nancy Figueroa, principal of the parish school in East LA, was talking to them in Spanish.
Slowly but surely, the women made their way to the partly open front metal gate to the table blocking the entrance to the schoolyard. A woman in a floppy brim hat and green T-shirt with the elementary school’s logo greeted them, asking how many meals they needed for their children.
Most answered “dos” or “tres.” Three women inside the gate, stationed at two longer tables stacked with cardboard boxes of plastic grocery bags with breakfast and lunch cartons, passed along orders to the server in front. She handed the bags to the waiting mothers, who responded with “gracias” before hauling away the bags with both arms.
The day’s lunch was popcorn chicken, mixed vegetables, applesauce, and milk.
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 above comes from a May 19 story in Angelus News.