Nutrition Programs, Spring 2020
Updated May 28
While the Bandon Community Center is closed to the public, community organizations and volunteers are adjusting their routines– working to provide necessary services in a way that keeps participants safe and healthy.
What’s Cooking at the Bandon Community Center
The community center dining room is closed. But, Senior Meals staff and volunteers are cooking up lunches to go. Pick up meals to go between 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Those grabbing a meal to go are invited to use the back dining room door at the southwest side of the building. For more information about Senior Meals, Meals on Wheels delivery and suggested prices for seniors and community members, visit our Programs Page.
Good Neighbors Food Distribution
Good Neighbors will provide supplemental food distribution the first Tuesday of the month from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Bandon Community Center. The distribution will take place in the usual location, in the parking area south of the community center, but with a few changes to ensure safe interaction between participants and volunteers.
Volunteer staff will provide drive-up style delivery. Plan to enter the parking area from the 11th St. entrance and exit around the back between the community center and theater, toward 8th St.
Those arriving by car are asked to stay in their vehicles until their turn to pick up pre-packed grocery bags. Pedestrians can pick up their groceries in a separate service line. The Bandon Community Center is located at 1200 11th St. SW in Bandon City Park.
The Good Neighbors group adjusted their prep routine this month to follow public health safety guidelines. Usually, people work shoulder-to-shoulder in the Lions Club storage building, said volunteer coordinator Sabra Kachelein. To prepare for the April distribution, volunteers organized sorting and packing over a wider time frame to reduce the number of people gathered at one time.
Kachelein expressed appreciation for food bank volunteers: “We at Good Neighbors want to thank all our volunteers for the hard work, time, and dedication you give to such an amazing cause. With your help we are able to provide food for hundreds of people each month. Your willingness to give freely of your time is greatly appreciated, and your efforts do make a difference in our community.”
The Good Neighbors Food Bank provides monthly supplemental food distribution for individuals and families with low incomes. Good Neighbors partners with the Oregon Food Bank and receives additional support from local businesses, volunteers and donors.