SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Seniors in Springfield were treated to a hot breakfast and a cup of coffee Friday morning thanks to Willamalane Parks and Recreation District. Willamalane restarted the free breakfast program with a new curbside delivery option.
At 9 a.m. Friday, , cars lined up outside the Willamalane Adult Activities Center to get their breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon and coffee.
The center has been closed since mid-March, and the breakfast program was put on hold as a result. But leaders have found other ways to continue services, including the drive-up option.
“I think it’s a really valuable service. It helps people get out of their homes and helps decrease that isolation and then also just a sense of community among all of those folks. That’s what is really important to all of us here,” said Tracy Kribs, Program Manager for Special Events and Operations at Willamalane.
Joe Orozco lives in Springfield and said he frequently visits the activities center.
“They are great people man. Can’t say enough about them. The lady told me yesterday ‘hey we have breakfast in the morning,’ so here I am with my dollar. It’s really great,” Orozco said.
The breakfast is free, but a $3 cash donation is suggested.
“I think it’s so good because all of us have been so confined. You can’t see your family, you can’t see your grandkids, you can’t see anybody. But at least we can come down here, pick up a meal, talk to the people through our masks, and get out for a little bit,” said Ann Conway, a Springfield resident.
The breakfast will be offered the third Friday of every month at 9 a.m. at Willamalane Adult Activities Center.