Santa Ana Unified has served more than 1 million student meals since closures

balloons and a sign that reads, The Santa Ana Unified School District reached a milestone this week by serving its one millionth grab-and-go meal since closing campuses to students.

District staff working to hand out meals

After hitting the seven-digit mark Wednesday at Romero-Cruz Academy, district officials staged a brief celebration with balloons and banners to honor the hardworking staff members who make sure children have access to nutritious daily meals.

“During these challenging times, our food services team and other support staff have worked tirelessly to make sure that no child goes hungry,” SAUSD Superintendent Jerry Almendarez said. “These essential workers have shown tremendous devotion to their job and to our community.”

Districts across the county began offering grab-and-go meals after closing campuses to students and launching distance learning programs in March.

Santa Ana Unified is the largest school district in Orange County and has been distributing meals three days a week at 13 selected school sites.