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Klamath County School District to host community lunch at Bly evacuee site

With the help of local restaurants, the school district is also expanding its grab-and-go program for youth into the Bly area during the Bootleg Fire evacuations.

Posted: Jul 14, 2021 4:02 PM
Updated: Jul 16, 2021 11:02 AM

BLY, Ore. -- On Thursday, the Klamath County School District will host a free community lunch from noon to 1 p.m. with the help of the Antler Bar and Grill in Bly, whose site has opened for Bootleg Fire evacuees. 

Roosters Steak and Chop House in Klamath Falls donated 41 tri-trips that will be used in sandwiches and served with sides and dessert. KCSD will transport food and supplies to the site by school bus.

“In times of emergency, it is our responsibility to stop and provide support,” said Candace Gracik, nutrition services director for KCSD. “We value and appreciate our community and empathize with those who are impacted by this fire.”

The district is also expanding its grab-and-go free meal program for those ages 1-18 during this crisis. Breakfasts and lunches can be picked up between noon and 1 p.m. on Thursdays near the Antler Bar and Grill while emergency evacuations are in place.

KCSD Superintendent Glen Szymoniak said the district has the staffing and infrastructure to reach into rural communities impacted by evacuations and fire. Chiloquin and Gearhart school campuses are currently being used as fire camps, hosting incident command and operation centers.

“We have the ability to provide resources, such as food service and access to our school buildings and campuses, and we will continue to do what we can to help our communities,” he said.

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