The Klamath County School District will host a free tri-tip community lunch from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 15 at the Antler Bar and Grill in Bly, which has opened its site to Bootleg Fire evacuees. Roosters Steak & Chop House in Klamath Falls donated 41 tri-tips, which will be used in sandwiches and served with sides and dessert.

KCSD cooks are doing the meal prep for the luncheon, and Kimberly Scott, head cook at Brixner Junior High School, is baking cupcakes. The district will transport food and supplies to the site by school bus.

The district also is expanding its grab-and-go free meal program for youth ages 1-18 during the crisis. Seven breakfasts and seven lunches can be picked up between noon and 1 p.m. Thursdays near the Antler Bar and Grill while emergency evacuations are in place.

“In times of emergency, it is our responsibility to stop and provide support,” said Candace Gracik, nutrition services director for KCSD. “We value and appreciate our community and empathize with those who are impacted by this fire.”

KCSD Superintendent Glen Szymoniak said the district has the staffing and infrastructure to reach into rural communities impacted by evacuations and fire. Chiloquin and Gearhart school campuses are currently being used as fire camps, hosting incident command and operation centers.

“We have the ability to provide resources, such as food service and access to our school buildings and campuses, and we will continue to do what we can to help our communities,” he said.