Jessica Cejnar / Wednesday, June 16, 2021 @ 10:44 a.m. / Community
Summer Meals for Kids are Served
School district staff on both sides of the state line are ensuring children receive nutritious breakfasts and lunches through the summer.
Del Norte Unified School District and Brookings-Harbor School District began their summer food programs on Monday. DNUSD’s program will last through Aug. 13. BHSD’s summer food program will continue through Aug. 19. Both provide free healthy meals to children 18 and younger regardless of whether or not they attend local schools.
"We have a lot more community partners this year, which is the biggest change," Julie Clark, DNUSD director of nutrition services told the Wild Rivers Outpost on Wednesday.
In Del Norte County, participants in the meal program will receive two breakfasts and two lunches from 10:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Meals will be served at the following locations: Bess Maxwell Elementary School; Family Resource Center of the Redwoods; Boys and Girls Club of Klamath; Hidden Creek Apartments; Coastal Connections; Howonquet Hall Community Center; Dat-na-svt Community Center; Lighthouse Community Church; Open Door Health Center; Summer Park Apartments; and Totem Villa Apartments.
Meals can also be picked up from the Del Norte Child Care Council on Monday and Friday and at the Downtown Crescent City Farmers & Artisans Market on Wednesdays.
Last year, DNUSD worked out of one school site and five
community partners to meals out to kids and youth, Clark said.
"This year, we have one school and 12 community partners and one bus route 'cause we're running the bus route through Klamath," she said, adding that kids can also get meals at the Boys and Girls Club in Klamath. "You can't have one central site for Klamath because you have kids out in the Glen, in Hunter Creek... kids are everywhere. We decided to pick the one location and work with transportation to have the bus route."
According to Clark, the Klamath meal bus is able to get through teh closure on U.S. 101 at Last Chance Grade at 9 a.m. Its first stop is at 360 Requa Road at 10:24 a.m. The bus then wends its way through the Klamath town site, down Route 169 to Klamath Glen and back up U.S. 101 to the Hunter Creek subdivision.
There will be no meal service July 5, according to a DNUSD flier. For more information, call Julie Clark at (707) 464-0214 or email her at jclark@DNUSD.org.
In the Brookings-Harbor area, grab and go breakfasts and lunches will be available from 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m. and from 10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at the Brookings-Harbor High School cafeteria. The BHSD food program will not operate on July 5 in observance of the Independence Day holiday, according to a Wednesday news release.
Snack packs will also be available to children Monday and Thursdays starting this week courtesy of Bites of Brookings, or the “BOB” Bus and the Brookings Harbor Community Helpers Emergency Food Bank.
The bright watermelon painted bus will be at the following locations:
Brookings Swimming Pool/Bud Cross Park, 1130 Ransom Ave, Brookings, OR 97415
11:00 AM - 11:15 PM Mondays/Thursdays
Coverdell Road Neighborhood off Rainbow Rock Road, 96465-96401 Co Hwy 721, Brookings, OR 97415
11:20 to 11:35 AM Mondays/Thursdays
Arnold Lane at Fifield St (In or near turnout to Living Waters Foursquare Church), 511 Arnold Ln, Brookings, OR 97415
11:41-11:56 AM Mondays/Thursdays
Chetco Community Public Library, 405 Alder St, Brookings, OR 97415
12:01 p.m. to 12:16 p.m. Mondays/Thursdays
Fireside Grill, 97953 Shopping Center Ave, Brookings, OR 97415
12:21 to 12:36 PM Mondays/Thursdays
Harbor Fire Station, 98069 W Benham Ln, Harbor, OR 97415
12:41-12:56 PM Mondays/Thursdays
Del-Cur Supply, 14397 US-101, Brookings, OR 97415
1:11 to 1:26 PM Mondays/Thursdays
Kemp Auto Sales, 16365 Old US Hwy 101, Brookings, OR 97415
1:34-1:49 PM Mondays/Thursdays
Azalea Park along Lundeen Road (Near backside of Kid Town playground area and the junction with Old Country Road) 72089-97699 Lundeen Rd, Brookings, OR 97415
1:54 to 2:15 PM Mondays/Thursdays
Starting in July, the bus will also carry activity packs with fun kid projects on Thursdays organized by Chetco Community Public Library. The activity bags on July 8, 15, 22, and 29 will include free books, STEM, craft, and literacy material. They can also be picked up at the library, the food bank, and the BHHS cafeteria.
Thank you to generous sponsors Advanced Health, AllCare Health, Oregon Community Foundation, Oregon Ready to Read, and the West Family Foundation for the support of these summer food and enrichment activities.
To view the daily menu for our school locations and a map of the BOB bus stops, visitwww.brookings.k12.or.us/apps/pages/summer-food-2021. To contact the program, call Brookings-Harbor High School at 541-469-2108, and select extension 8. To learn more about free summer food sites across the state, go online to www.summerfoodoregon.org. You can also text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877-877 or dial 2-1-1 to find a food pantry near you.