Irish Nation Newsletter 04.03.2020



 April 3, 2020


Needed Pantry Items for the Food Boxes on April 18th 2020 (see attached flyer)

Canned tuna & chicken

Beans (both canned and dried)

Rice (bags of regular rice or boxes of Rice-a-roni type)

Mac and cheese

Applesauce cups and fruit cups

Individual packages or cups of Oatmeal

Pasta sauce

Dried noodles

Cans of Spaghetti-O type food

Canned soup

Cans of fruit and vegetables

Granola bars/protein bars/Trail Mix

Fruit leathers

Peanut Butter/Nutella




Burrito Shells/tortillas

Cup of Noodles/Ramen

Almond Milk


Milk- shelf stable (if buy fresh, please bring close to 4/18 and notify pantry)

String Cheese (please let us know if require refrigeration)

Fresh Fruit – as we get closer to 4/18



Looking Glass Community Services: Station 7 continues to provide largely the same services we provided previous to Covid-19, we are just screening clients upon entry by taking temperature and assessing for Covid- 19 symptoms and then we are practicing CDC and HUD recommended guidelines within shelter as far as social distancing and sanitizing goes. We are able to take youth 11-21 at Station 7 but youth 18+ have to be in their own room (or in a room with only other 18+) and we have to prioritize 11-17 so we take those 18+ stays on a night by night basis depending on our room availability. We also continue to operate the 24/7 crisis phone and texting line for the agency.

As of last Monday (the 23rd) New Roads is restricting services to handing out to go meals and hygiene items between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm Monday-Friday and we are offering bathroom, shower and laundry to one youth at a time during those same hours.

Whitebird: This is a great online resource information that is updated daily with the help of volunteers. Whitebird Clinic

Public Service Announcement Offer: See attached document

Advocacy and Outreach Workers of Lane County: Food banks, food pantries, congregate meal sites, and similar hunger-relief programs are considered essential services and are exempt from Governor Kate Brown’s orders to Stay Home, Save Lives, as well as the restrictions on public gatherings and food service facilities.

FOOD for Lane County (FFLC) continues to distribute food to our network of partner agencies. We are in regular contact with our partners to monitor for any closures or changes to normal operations. Additionally, we continue to receive updates from Lane County health officials, Oregon Health Authority, and Oregon Food Bank. Visit to see our pantry locator; possible COVID-19 updates are listed below. We strongly recommend clients contact an agency in advance to confirm their hours of operation.

We strongly recommend clients contact an agency in advance to confirm their hours of operation.


Bethel Food Pantry at Bethesda Lutheran Church, Eugene – Normal distribution hours; food boxes only; no shopping, no entry into building

Catholic Community Services, Eugene – Providing food boxes Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Catholic Community Services, Springfield – Providing food boxes Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Not open on Saturdays until further notice

Community Sharing – Normal distribution hours; food boxes only; no shopping

Crossfire Hands of Hope, Springfield – Opening April 2 for extra distribution / Food boxes only; no shopping, no entry into building

Daily Bread, Eugene – Normal distribution hours; food boxes only; no shopping

Florence Food Share – Normal distribution hours; food boxes only; no shopping / Effective March 23 through April 28, closed on Monday evenings

God’s Food Box, Alvadore – CLOSED, except for food boxes provided by appointment / Call 541-225-8115 or 541-915-8437 to arrange an appointment

God’s Storehouse, Harrisburg – CLOSED for March, except for food boxes provided in an emergency and by appointment. Call 541-359-5529 to arrange an appointment

Helping Hand, Marcola – April 17: Additional pantry day added. Otherwise, normal hours / Check-in at 9:00am, food distributed at 10:00am; Food boxes only; no entry into building

McKenzie River Food Pantry – Now opens at 3pm; food boxes only; no entry into building

Salvation Army Eugene – Effective March 11: Normal hours; food boxes only; no entry into building

Vincent de Paul Food Room – Effective March 18: Normal hours; food boxes only; no entry into building

Triangle Food Box, Blachly – March 20: Normal hours; food boxes only; no entry into building

Up River Pantry, Dorena/Culp Creek – April 3: Additional pantry day added on the first Friday of the month

Meal sites:

FFLC Dining Room, Eugene – Beginning March 16: Will provide up to 200 to-go meals beginning at noon; first come first served; no entry into restaurant

Ebbert Memorial, Springfield – Normal hours; meals to go only Hope Center, Eugene – CLOSED

Sunday Interfaith Breakfast (First Christian Church), Eugene – CLOSED—details forthcoming on a Downtown Food Hub supported by Sunday Interfaith Breakfast

Shepherd’s Hand, Junction City – Both meal sites are closed through April 13

Mary’s Breakfast, Eugene – CLOSED

Trillium Produce Plus:

Bethel Farm, Eugene
Beginning 3/16, open every Tuesday and Friday, 11am – 3pm All other sites closed until further notice.


Google Classroom: Instructions on how to access or set up Google Classroom can be found here: Google Classroom Instructions

Eugene Public Library: currently signing up anyone for a library card by calling via phone (541) 682-5450, regardless of whether they live in the city limits or not.

These cards would expire when we reopen to the public again. Once we reopen, card holders would need to pay the regular non-resident fee for continued access. But they don’t have to pay for using a card during the time the library is closed. These cards would give access to digital collections, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, etc.

College Board: College Board Coronavirus Update


A Sheldon Community Responder is a volunteer that responds to “alerts” sent by the 15th Night Coordinator at Sheldon High School for needs specific to Sheldon High School students that have not been met by internal school resources. These type of alerts would be for items such as clothing, shoes, small household items, food or bedding.

A Sheldon High School Community Responder would receive a text message indicating a need. If the Responder can provide the need, they respond to the text message and work with the Sheldon High School Coordinator to secure and deliver the item.

Please contact Trista Neuman at


Miners Graduate Services – Please contact Miners Graduate Services regarding your previously placed order through or give them a call at 541-689-4588. They will make safe arrangements for you to pick up your order at a time that works.


School Choice – In District Lottery 2020-2021

All Oregon schools are closed through April 28 under Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s Executive Order 20-08,

due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. 4J schools and the district office are closed to the public, and staff

are working remotely. For information about supports for 4J students and families during the extended school closure, please visit our website at

Eugene School District 4J is committed to welcoming families from other school districts to apply to attend 4J schools through the interdistrict transfer lottery. We have pushed back the deadline to apply for the 2020-2021 interdistrct transfer lottery from March 31, 2020 to April 30, 2020 to make sure that all families have the opportunity to apply for a transfer in the midst of the statewide school closure.

The new application deadline for the interdistrict transfer lottery is Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 11:59
p.m. All families who applied for the interdistrict transfer lottery in March and April will be notified of their lottery placements by May 15, 2020.

After May 1, please log into your school choice account every 2-3 days to check your account dashboard for updates on applications. Please be aware that system email notifications may be sent by your system filter to SPAM/JUNK folders. A parent or guardian must accept a seat offer within 5 business days or the system will automatically decline the offer.

You can log into your account dashboard at Or, the 4J School Choice website contains a link to the application and more information on out of district transfers at

Please feel free to contact with questions regarding the 4J School Choice program.

2020 Census: Every Kid Counts – Every 10 years, everyone living in the United States is asked to complete a simple questionnaire that asks for basic information about all the people in their home. The 2020 U.S. Census will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding including for schools and families, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade. Families will receive a letter in the mail in March, telling you how to participate in the head count. Responding to the census is important, it’s easy, and it’s confidential. You can complete the census form online, by phone, or by mail. Children under the age of 5 are often missed. All kids count on the 2020 Census, no matter their ages. Make sure to count every child living in your home on April 1 on your census form.

Visit to learn more.