This summer, children can enjoy free lunches through the Summer Food Service Program, a federally funded nutrition program open to all kids aged 1-18 years. No applications are necessary to drop in and all children and teens are welcome. In addition to lunch, some sites offer breakfast and snacks to accompany a day of fun activities.
The Summer Food Service Program makes sure all children can eat healthy food during the summer months when they can’t eat at school. To make the program welcoming and accessible, meals are served at locations where kids congregate during the summer, such as playgrounds, summer schools and community centers. Your local site may offer fun activities such as games and arts and crafts along with the free meals.
This program is meeting a real need in our communities. Approximately one in five children in Oregon are food insecure, meaning they have limited or uncertain access to safe and nutritious food. Children who are hungry or food insecure are more likely to be in poor health and less likely to form friendships, to be curious, and to learn. Summer meal programs can respond to this problem. Over 1.8 million nutritious meals were served last summer at more than 700 locations across Oregon. The meals help ensure kids return to school healthy and ready to learn. Bring your children or tell a friend:
To find a meal site near you, call 1-800-SAFENET (toll free) or visit www.SummerFoodOregon.org
. This online resource shows maps of summer food sites across the state, serving times and local contact information.