BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) — Lunchtime looks a lot different for students in Beaverton, Oregon, since the coronavirus pandemic began and students started learning online. For some, the cafeteria line is replaced with pickup at the curb.
“How many, guys?” asks Eva Erickson, as a family arrives to pick up the free meals. “Do you want cheese or pepperoni pizza?”
Erickson used to serve 500 students on a normal day. Now, that’s 100 — or 150 — whose parents drive by Vose Elementary. Erickson runs the kitchen there and works to make sure breakfasts and lunches are nutritious and delicious — and get into the hands of children who need them.
“That could be the only meals they’re getting,” Erickson said.
Others, like Sara Bernard, can still use the help. She lives a quarter-mile away