Palisades Producer Chuck Lorre Donates $250,000 to LAUSD’s School Meal Program

Chuck Lorre, creator of numerous popular sitcoms was given the Critics’ Choice Creative Achievement Award in 2019. Lorre just donated $250,000 for food for needy students.
Photo: Bernice Fox

“The Los Angeles Unified School District received a $250,000 grant from television writer and producer Chuck Lorre to support its Grab & Go food centers that are providing meals to families during the Covid-19 pandemic,” according to an April 28 Los Angeles Daily News story.

“The fact that more than 13 million meals have been served to students and their families by LAUSD is both staggering and inspiring,” said Palisades resident Lorre, whose current show, “Bob Hearts Abishola,” was on CBS on Monday nights, and has not yet been renewed for a second season as of April 29.

Lorre said in an August 2019 Circling the News story about his new sitcom that the show is “about the greatness of first-generation immigrants, about the focus and discipline, the hard work and rigorous honesty that goes with coming here and grabbing ahold of the American dream. So, the premise of the series is Immigrants Make America Great.”

About his donation to LAUSD, Lorre said: “With more than 600,000 public school students receiving their education remotely for the foreseeable future, the food that was once delivered in cafeterias needs to be available at home. That need is immediate and the time to act is now.”

LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner, who also lives in Pacific Palisades, said that $20 provides a week’s worth of lunches to a hungry child.

The Chuck Lorre Family Foundation also plans to match other donations up to $250,000. The L.A. Students Most in Need charity supports the Grab & Go centers. Visit:

Lorre is known for his many sitcoms, including “Grace Under Fire,” “Cybill,” “Dharma & Greg,” “Two and a Half Men,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Mike & Molly,” “Young Sheldon” and “The Kominsky Method.”

He has struggled with an autoimmune disease as well as depression and rage. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he said, “I am wired on some deep level to seek out something to be worried and obsess about.”

Lorre is also known for his vanity cards. A vanity card is a full-screen production company credit that airs for one second at the end of a TV show. At the Chuck Lorre Productions Official Vanity Card Archive, Lorre explains that the credit is BS and “The actual producer of every network TV show is a large corporation that risks capital in development costs and deficit financing so that, in success, it can steal money from profit participants (i.e., schmucks with vanity cards).” (See a sample of card below or visit:

‘Bob Hearts Abishola’ stars
Billy Gardell as Bob and Folake Olowofoyeku as Abishola, in a shot from the CBS series that was developed by Pacific Palisades resident Chuck Lorre.
Photo: Courtesy CBS


“People prefer to be right. Right feels good. It’s empowering. Wrong feels awful. And this is by design. Evolution rewards being right and punishes being wrong. The foraging monobrows who looked up from the berry bush and said, “That’s a predator, run away,” had a better chance of passing on their genes than the Alley Oops who said, “No , it’s just a big pussycat with an unfortunate overbite.” (They were more likely to become virgins tartare.) In other words, wrong equals death. If you ‘re wrong enough, you get excused from the planet. This explains why it’s almost impossible to change people’s minds. In order to have a shift in perspective, one must first admit to being wrong. That is extremely hard to do. History is filled with people who chose to cause unbelievable carnage rather than consider the possibility that they’ve misjudged a situation (I’m talking about you Imperial Japan, Deutschland uber alles, and The Confederate States of America). Which is why I fear for our future. None of us are willing to be wrong. The very idea of it is inconceivable. Unless, of course, some enlightened soul came along and proposed an alternative to the polarity of right and wrong. Perhaps the idea of Neither. A middle way leading to peace, serenity and joy. And if we were again to use history as a guide, we would most likely decide the Enlightened One was wrong, then we would kill Him, then we would worship Him, then we would kill anyone who didn’t agree that ours was the true faith. Which would allow us to be… yep, you got it … righteous.”



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2 Responses to Palisades Producer Chuck Lorre Donates $250,000 to LAUSD’s School Meal Program

  1. Nona Hale says:

    This article is an example of why CTN is the first thing I read each morning. Thank you, Sue, for continuing to provide such interesting, stimulating — and even amusing — articles. You are a hero.

  2. Lee Calvert says:

    Nona, I wholeheartedly agree with you …Lee

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