“Students pass up school food for a lot of reasons. At L.A. Unified, some complain that entrees lose flavor because they’re cooked in a central kitchen and then reheated on campuses. Then, too, federal law makes students take food they might not want because the food trays have to meet nutritional guidelines. If the guidelines aren’t met, school districts don’t get reimbursed for free meals provided to students from low-income families.” 1
In California, about 2.3 million children face food insecurity and L.A. County’s homeless population, one of the largest in the nation, is often reliant on donated food, as well. Hopefully, this will help.