LOSD expands meal service
Lake Oswego School District is now offering meals to children for all seven days of the week, whether they are in the district or not.
LOSD is able to extend its meal service, which previously provided meals for five days of the week, through the USDA Seamless Summer Operation waiver extension. The waiver usually ends after the summer but was extended due to COVID-19.
Clint Lara, LOSD director of food services, said the extension is great because typically in the fall the district's food services operate under the National Student Lunch Program, which has stricter rules about how many meals can be given out.
With this comes some changes to the meal pickup schedule. Students can now pick up three days' worth of meals on Mondays and four days' worth of meals on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to noon at Lake Grove and River Grove Elementary, and from 11:45 a.m. to12:45 p.m. at Lake Oswego and Lakeridge high schools.
Face coverings are required at pickup.
LOSD brought back four staff members who were previously laid off to accommodate for the increase in meals.
Director of Communications Mary Kay Larson said that in July the district was averaging 70 meals per pickup day. Now, with additional staff and additional pick-up locations, it averages 800 meals.
Lara said the district sent out a survey in September to gauge how many meals would be needed at each location.
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