June 9, 2014 — When school ends so does school breakfast and lunch programs. To help ensure Lassen County children have access to food during the summer months, a food drive is being held through June 14.
Collection boxes will be placed at every grocery store, Axia Home Loans on Riverside Drive and The Mark in Herlong.
According to Monique Schofield, chair of the Lassen County Food Council, approximately 47 percent of local students qualify for free or reduced school meals, which she said is a high number of children.
Once school ends, they will no longer have access to those meals. Donations needed are items children can prepare themselves if their parents are not home to cook.
Items include dry cereal, granola bars, instant oatmeal, canned fruit, dried or dehydrated fruit, peanut butter, jelly, canned chicken, pancake mix, canned tuna, applesauce, kid-friendly soup, 100 percent juice boxes and shelf stable milk.
All food donations will be distributed to local food banks.
Cash, checks and gift cards to local grocery stores to purchase perishables can also be donated. Checks have to be made payable to the Salvation Army.
The Lassen County Food Council formed last September and is comprised of volunteers from a variety of organizations such as the office of education, the Salvation Army, family services and the health department.
Schofield said members started collecting data from different entities including the Northern Food Bank of Nevada, Crossroads Ministries and the Salvation Army to figure out where to start.
The council identified two needs, feeding children in the summer and food education.
In October, the council is planning to have a food education class where people learn how to eat healthy and how to shop for those nutritional foods.