Summer meals help bridge the gap
Here's an important message from the state Department of Education:
When school lets out for the summer, thousands of Oregon children lose access to breakfast, lunch, and after-school meals that are available during the regular school year. Many children and families rely on these school meals to supplement what is available at home. The USDA Summer Food Service Program helps to fill this gap by providing free, nutritious meals to children and teens over the summer months.
However, many families are unaware of these free meals in their communities. Nationally, only 1 out of 6 children who receive free or reduced price meals during the school year continues to receive meals during the summer months.
There are over 800 summer meal sites in Oregon alone. Free meals and enrichment activities are offered at participating summer sites including many schools, parks, and other public agencies.
Families can look up meal locations in their area online at: http://www.summerfoodoregon.org/ or by calling the national hunger hotline at 1-866-3-Hungry or 1-877-8-Hambre. Meals are available without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability to any child 18 and younger.