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District provides gift cards, teams up with Hunger Fighters to help food insecure kids during closure

COURTESY PHOTO: HUNGER FIGHTERS - HUNGER FIGHTERSSuperintendent Lora de la Cruz sent a message to staff and community members this afternoon addressing the Lake Oswego School District's plan for addressing food insecurity during the two-week school closure.

Seven percent of LOSD students received free and reduced price lunch last school year. School closures mean not getting a meal they count on five days a week.

Today LOSD is mailing Safeway gift cards to families of students who receive free and reduced price school lunch.

The district will also provide families with a list of local food pantries including Hunger Fighters Oregon, which provides basic food and hygiene items free of charge to families and individuals in the LOSD community.

Hunger Fighters operates out of a house located behind the Lake Oswego High School campus at 2301 Hazel Rd., Lake Oswego, OR 97035. The pantry will be open to families every Saturday, between 1-3 p.m., even during the school closure.

"Hunger Fighters Oregon is definitely committed to continue serving all those who need us in the LO community and LOSD school district, including students, employees and their families," Ami Joshi, president of Hunger Fighters, said in an email.

She said in light of recent news they are in the process of updating policy around safety for clients and volunteers as well as making sure they have the resources for clients.

Hunger Fighters could use donations during this time.They accept all non-expired donations.

Visit their website for more information on donations

www.hungerfightersoregon

On Friday, Laughing Planet Cafe — which has a location in Lake Oswego — announced it would serve free lunches to all children who qualify for the Meal Assistance Program (MAP).


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