The WFCRC received the offer to provide free lunches from Marcus Savage, manager of the Hi-Lo Cafe, and coordinated a phone tree and phone calls to many area seniors asking if they would like to receive the lunch.

Nearly 100 seniors in Weed enjoyed a free lunch from the Hi-Lo Cafe on Thursday.

Members of the Rotary Club of Weed and several community volunteers delivered the lunches to the seniors’ doorsteps throughout the Weed area, according to a press release from Family and Community Resource Center of Weed.

The WFCRC received the offer to provide free lunches from Marcus Savage, manager of the Hi-Lo Cafe, and coordinated a phone tree and phone calls to many area seniors asking if they would like to receive the lunch.

The seniors were largely individuals who participate in the Weed Senior Lunch on Mondays before the program was stopped due to the COVID-19 crisis, the press release states.

Weed mayor Sue Tavalero, who is also a member of Weed Rotary, divided the addresses of seniors by area so the distribution went smoothly for the volunteers and the seniors.

In addition, Rite Aid of Mount Shasta contributed some of the supplies for the distribution.

In addition to feeding seniors, Hi-Lo is working with Weed High School to provide lunches for students over the weekend.

Weed students can pick up a sack lunch through the month of April. The lunches include a variety of items including sandwiches, chips, crackers, fruit and cookies.

For students interested in obtaining a lunch, all they need to do is call Hi-Lo during open hours, let them know that you are a student, and they will let you know when to pick it up. Call (530) 938-2904.

Andrea Herr, WFCRC’s program director, said everyone appreciated the Hi-Lo’s donated lunch during this difficult time and the community cooperation that made the delivery possible.

She encouraged people struggling with food needs to contact their local community resource center and to call 211 for information about expanded food resources in Siskiyou County.

The new 211 service can provide emergency food boxes to low-income seniors and others who are at additional risk due to COVID-19 and cannot leave their homes, Herr said. Herr notes that when people call 211, there is a long message about COVID-19. After the message, the caller can talk with a person about their needs.

Siskiyou Food Assistance in Weed has increased their days of service to the south county from one to two days at least through April. Commodities will be available once a month instead of every other month during this time. The community resource centers have food pantries and can help income-eligible people enroll in Cal Fresh, which provides monthly money for food on a debit card.

For information about these resources Herr encourages people to call their local community resource center or 211. The WFCRC can be reached by calling (530) 938-9914. Mount Shasta Community Resource Center’s phone number is (530) 926-1400, and Dunsmuir Community Resource Center’s number is (530) 235-4400.

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