By Matthew Hochkammer

Pilot Staff Writer

The Brookings-Harbor School District (BHSD) 2019 Summer Food Program starts June 24, continuing through Aug. 8.

The program provides healthy meals to children, age 18 and younger, at no cost. This vital program aims to reach as many families as possible with nutritious food during summer break.

The core of the Summer Food Program is free daily meals at the school site. Breakfast is served from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. and lunch is served from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Brookings-Harbor High School cafeteria, 625 Pioneer Road. Entry is through the parking lot off Easy Street marked by a large banner and signs. The food program will close for the Independence Day holiday July 4.

In addition to providing free healthy meals to children ages 18 and younger, parents and family members are welcome to participate. Adult meals are $2.75 for breakfast and $3.75 for lunch daily at the cafeteria.

Last summer, the program served 1181 lunches and 723 breakfasts — an average of 83 meals per day, said BHSD Public Information Officer Nancy Raskauskas-Coons.

Fresh food from the school district gardens is included in the salad bar when available.

Every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. a fun educational activity is offered in the garden next to the cafeteria hosted through Brookings-Harbor High School’s Youth Transition Program in partnership with Ag In the Classroom. These activities are followed by a picnic storytime where families can bring their lunches outside.

New this year, BHSD will host a Summer Foods Celebration 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 3. The event will include an All-American Burger Bar, southern dill potato salad, salad bar, and sliced watermelon. Special activities and games will be hosted by the school district.

Community businesses, groups, and organizations are invited to participate in this fun celebration event by bringing informational or activity booths to share. To sign-up to participate contact Food Service Director Cindy Badger at 541-661-0876 or cindyba@brookings.k12.or.us.

Raskauskas-Coons said the school district is working to launch a new service to the community this summer to deliver food directly to neighborhoods via a retrofitted school bus students named the “B.O.B” or “Bite of Brookings” and designed with a paint job to resemble a watermelon. Students also helped with the demolition and renovation of the interior of the bus into a dining car.

The bus will make four to five stops daily to serve lunch beginning the week of July 8. Locations and times for these special bus stops will be announced. Tentatively, they include the Brookings Municipal Swimming Pool, 1130 Ransom Ave.; Chetco Community Public Library, 405 Alder St.; Kemp Auto Sales, 16365 Old U.S. 101; and a site on West Hoffeldt Lane in Harbor.

To view the daily menu for school locations and bus stops, visit www.brookings.k12.or.us/menus/. To contact the program, call Brookings-Harbor High School at 541-469-2108, ext. 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 211 to find food pantry.

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