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With the regular meal program halted due to the pandemic, the center is starting it back up with adjustments

The Canby Center had been offering free lunches to the community since the completion of the kitchen several years ago. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic brought that to a halt. But the center is getting creative and is starting the program back up with a twist.

Beginning Monday, July 13, the Canby Center is now offering free sack lunches weekly from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

"The heart is just to be able to get people fresh, healthy lunch where they normally may not be able to get a lunch, period, or anything healthy," said Linda Rasor, senior program manager at the center. "So, we're just really trying to do as healthy of a sack lunch as we possibly can for our community."

COURTESY PHOTO: MAE MU - The Canby Center is offering free lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Sack lunches may include a meat sandwich with fixings, fruit, crackers or chips and a bottle of water.

A sack lunch might include a meat sandwich, fruit, crackers or chips and a water bottle, Rasor said.

Anyone is welcome to pick up a lunch, but they must take it out with them — a sad but necessary adjustment, according to Rasor.

"Our hope and dream is just for people to come back, to enjoy a nice lunch where they don't have to worry about the masks," Rasor said. "They do have to leave though. That's the unfortunate thing. We are so relational. We're trying to build relationships, but we can't even sit down and have lunch together. You know, we'll get back there, just not sure when."

For now, the center hopes to see all the regulars return as well as some new folks.

The Canby Center is a nondenominational, faith-based nonprofit organization located at 681 SW 2nd Ave. in Canby. Its motto is: "In God's love, we renew dignity and inspire learning." For more information on the center's programs, visit

Kristen Wohlers
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