EUGENE, Ore. -- All across Lane County, people are stepping up in hopes of doing their part to care for those around them.
After Gov. Kate Brown ordered all public schools closed through March in response to coronavirus concerns, one Eugene cafe has begun providing free lunches for children in the area whose families rely on meal assistance programs.
“To assist our community, we are giving to children under the age of 18 the free kids meal, which is just trying to help the community if anyone is falling through the cracks,” said Brittiany Baldwin, one of the the Laughing Planet's managers.
This act of kindness applies to every Laughing Planet location. Children can choose between a variety of options: juice or milk, a burrito or quesadilla and broccoli or corn.
“That’s something that aligns with Laughing Planet’s core values,” Baldwin said. “We always are thinking of how we can assist our community regardless of if this is happening or not.”
Baldwin expects that as long as the doors are open, they will be helping provide meals to those in need.
Eugene School District 4J spokesperson Kerry Delf shared why she feels looking out for one another is essential.
“We know that in our schools and in our community there’s a lot of need,” Delf said. “We want to make sure our students are served and that we don’t have kids going hungry.”
At Laughing Planet Cafe’s Eugene location on Blair Boulevard, 17 children were served lunch on Monday.
“Food is our love language, and that’s how we connect to our community,” Baldwin said.