Douglas County schools offering free meals during coronavirus closures

The cafeterias will be open every day of the closure, including spring break.

Posted: Mar 13, 2020 6:36 PM
Updated: Mar 16, 2020 4:45 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Roseburg Public Schools and the South Umpqua School District have established a plan to feed students while schools are closed due to coronavirus.

On Thursday night, Gov. Kate Brown ordered all K-12 public schools in Oregon to close their doors for two weeks starting Monday in hopes of slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Roseburg Public Schools will open all 11 schools' cafeterias for breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. They will also be open for lunch from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

The cafeterias will be open every day of the closure, including spring break.

School officials said they will be operating the Lunchbox Express, a vehicle that drives around to different locations to give meals to students in need.

Kyle Micken, the nutrition services director for various school districts in Douglas County, said these plans are ways to combat foot insecurity and encourage social separation.

“They’re not going to be congregating inside the cafeteria,” said Micken. “They can go home, go outside and play. That way we don’t have them in close contact.”

South Umpqua School District will be offering “grab-and-go” breakfast and lunch at various locations in five different spots in that area.

Micken said he’s working to create plans for the rest of the school districts in Douglas County.

In the Yoncalla School District, lunches will be available from 12 to 1 p.m. in front of the Early Learning Center.

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