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The County Public Health Department relies on grants to provide important services


September 19, 2019

Lane Gwinn

Hayleigh Pearson (l) and Kori Pearson (r), along with Bitsey Harshman are shown preparing last Tuesday's lunch; chicken salad sandwiches, bell peppers and cucumbers, and fruit cocktail. DGH Dietary Manager Janean Struckmeier said thirteen Columbia County Health System employees are contributing a total of $102 per pay period to the program. In addition, one employee has made a one-time contribution of $1,000. Another employee has made a one-time contribution of $100, she said. Donations are being accepted at: The Starbuck School District Lunch Fund, 717 Tucannon St., Starbuck, WA 99359

DAYTON-Columbia County Public Health Administrator Martha Lanman said $1500 is all it would take for 28 students enrolled in the Starbuck School District to have lunch prepared by the Dayton General Hospital dietary staff and have them delivered four days a week for the entire 2019-2020 school year. That number is based on a cost of $3 per child, and all lunches meet the state requirements for nutrition, said Lanman.

Last year lunch was delivered to Starbuck schools, twice a week, and this was largely due to the efforts of the Columbia County Health System, and its employees, who donated to...

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