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South Umpqua School District starts Lunchbox Express program

The program hopes to bring food to a couple hundred kids over the summer in south Douglas County.

Posted: Jun 8, 2018 4:00 PM
Updated: Jun 8, 2018 4:40 PM

TRI-CITY, Ore. -- Kids in south Douglas County will have more access to free lunches this summer with their new Lunchbox Express.

In Douglas County, Roseburg, Winston, and now South Umpqua school districts are part of the Lunchbox Express program.

The program allows the schools to get out into the communities during the summer and serve a free lunch to all kids ages one through eighteen.

South Umpqua School District will be rolling theirs out for the first time on Monday.

Kyle Micken, Nutrition Services Director with the school’s food service provider, Sodexo, is hopeful that adding this program will allow them to reach more kids.

“So, instead of four, we’re doing nine sites. We’re trying to hit more areas rurally located throughout the community so we can feed more kids. So, we have three sites in Myrtle Creek, two sites in Tri-City, one site in Riddle and two sites in Canyonville.”

They will also be serving food at some Vacation Bible Schools in the area.

Micken said that because the lunches won’t be served in south Douglas County on Fridays, if any parents want to take their kids up to Roseburg and get lunch up there, they’re more than welcome to do so.

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