Providing meals to students in need. Lionheart Coffee steps up during school closures

Providing meals to students in need. Lionheart Coffee steps up during school closures

With some schools not being able to provide meals to students who need them, a number of restaurants pitched in to help.

One of those businesses was Lionheart Coffee Co.

Lionheart workers began handing out free sack lunches at their two Beaverton locations on the day the closures began.

Owner Lauren Reese said when she and her husband decided to help, they announced their plans on their social media pages.

Then they got a big surprise.

Community members started reaching out to offer donations of food, cash and other supplies to help out.

They quickly had enough for thousands of sack lunches filled with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chips and fruit.

It’s amazing that something so positive came out of a scary time, Reese said.

“Really what we’ve found is that our customer base, this city, this community, this neighborhood wanted to support it, so now it’s truly beyond us. It’s a community-centered program that we just happen to house because we have this place,” Reese said.

Laughing Planet Cafe is another business that offered a free kids meal during the school closures to any students who qualify for meal assistance programs.

The Beaverton School District made free grab-and-go meals available to students from March 16-20, along with March 30-31, at multiple locations.

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