Oregon City, Gladstone, North Clackamas school districts host free lunches

Families fighting food scarcity know they could use some extra help during certain times of the year, especially when school is not in session. A challenging time comes during late July and August when summer school has ended and the new school year has yet to begin.

Volunteers and organizations in North Clackamas are coming together this year to fill this gap in the calendar. Further, there are opportunities to contribute and support this program through donations of food or funds.

They announced last week that food will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Monday, from July 21 through Aug. 25, at the Town Center Station Apartments, 8719 S.E. Monterey Ave., across the parking lot from the Century Clackamas Town Center movie theaters. This location is a high-density housing area for students and their families.

Featured will be free produce from the Oregon Food Bank’s Harvest Share program; hot lunches on-site, supplied by St. Vincent de Paul (first 250 in attendance); bread from Dave’s Killer Bread; granola from Bob’s Red Mill; dental supplies from the Clackamas County Health Department, donated by Aspen Dental; and a free pantry items from community donations.

Donate your food at the following sites:

1. Mount Scott Fire Station 5, 9339 S.E. Causey Way, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily

2. Clackamas Fire District Station 1, 11300 S.E. Fuller Road, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

3. Unitus Community Credit Union, 9200 S.E. 82nd Ave., 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, through July 31.

For those who wish to donate funds that volunteers will use to purchase food, contact Bonnie Marston at 971-409-3632

Volunteers for food distribution will come from GracePointe Church. Madres de Corazón from Lot Whitcomb Elementary School will provide Spanish speakers to assist shoppers.

In related news, fresh produce from the Oregon Food Bank’s Harvest Share program will be available for students and families 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mondays, from June 23 to July 17, at Lot Whitcomb School, 7400 S.E. Thompson Road, and on Wednesdays, July 9 through Aug. 13, at Milwaukie High School, 11300 S.E. 23rd Ave.

Casting a wide safety net

Oregon City and Gladstone school districts previously announced they are also hosting free summer food programs at the following locations:

1. Eastham Community Center, 1404 Seventh St., Oregon City

June 16 - Aug. 22; Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m., Lunch: 12:15 - 1:15 p.m., Monday through Friday

2. Gardiner Middle School, 180 Ethel St., Oregon City

June 16 - Aug. 15; Lunch: 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Monday through Friday

3. Gladstone Center for Children and Families, 18905 Portland Ave.

June 9 - Aug. 1; Lunch: 11 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday

4. Holcomb Elementary School, 1462 Holcomb Blvd., Oregon City

June 16 - Aug. 15; Lunch: 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Monday through Friday

5. Kraxberger Middle School, 17777 Webster Road, Gladstone

June 9 - Aug 1; Lunch: 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Monday through Friday

6. Oregon Service Learning Academy, 995 South End Road, Oregon City

June 16 - June 26; Snack: 9 - 10 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

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