With thousands of Los Angeles teachers threatening to go on strike Thursday, several GoFundMe campaigns have popped up aimed at helping feed both educators and students during the work stoppage.
The strike would impact around 600,000 students, although Los Angeles Unified School District officials said they intend to keep all of their schools open while also serving meals.
The Feed LA Students during Teacher Strike GoFundMe campaign says 68 percent of the students at Thomas Starr King Middle School in Los Feliz are on the free and reduced lunch program, and it is estimated that at least half of all students may not attend school during the strike. The campaign, which appears to be organized by teachers, set out to raise $1,500 to make bagged lunches for families to pick up in front of the school in the morning or at lunchtime, and has already exceeded the goal, with more than $1,675 donated.
“The teachers want to make sure that students have healthy food available to them during this teacher action,” the campaign’s page says.
The Tacos for Teachers GoFundMe campaign wants to raise at least $5,000 to send taco trucks to the picket lines, and has received over $2,600 so far.
“Help support striking Los Angeles teachers and their fight for public education by donating to Tacos for Teachers, the fund that brings taco trucks to the picket lines,” the campaign’s site says.
The campaigns can be found at www.gofundme.com/tacos-for-teachers, and www.gofundme.com/food-program-for-la-students-during-strike.