Lompoc Unified School District (LUSD), which is responding to the dramatic surge in requests for food assistance during the COVID-19 crisis, is being assisted by Nourishing Neighbors Albertsons and Vons Foundation with a $50,000 grant from the Help Feed Kids and Families During Summer Program.

The program, designed to fight hunger during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond, is part of Albertsons and Vons Nourishing Neighbors Community Relief Initiative.

“LUSD Child Nutrition Services will use the funds for COVID-19-related items such as increased meal costs, protective personal equipment for staff, meal ordering software, and additional unplanned incurred costs due to the emergency response,” said Hannah Carroll, director of LUSD’s Child Nutrition Services.

“Many programs like ours are experiencing unprecedented demand as the pandemic takes an economic and emotional toll on people throughout our community,” said LUSD Superintendent Trevor McDonald. “We are grateful that Albertsons and Vons Foundation stepped up to help us meet the need.

“Making sure our students continue to have access to quality food has been a top priority throughout the pandemic.”

 All funds from the Albertsons and Vons Nourishing Neighbors Community Relief Initiative are used to address the emergency in the following ways:

» Keep food banks stocked, so they can respond to increased demand.

» Support emergency meal distribution programs at schools.

» Support senior centers and other programs that provide meals and food to seniors.

» Help families access federal food programs.

“It’s an honor to support the work of LUSD because they’re on the frontline of hunger relief with effective, efficient, caring outreach to people in need,” said Lompoc Albertsons manager Chris Ettore. “In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, it’s good to know that there are community partners like LUSD who won’t allow hunger to become a second crisis.”