“Summer Meals” Program Kicks Off


The Summer Food Service Program provides free meals for children across Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Education is proud to announce the release of a promotional video for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) featuring the Director of the Department of Education, Colt Gill, and Portland Thorns Player, Morgan Weaver. 

The Summer Food Service Program, also known as “Summer Meals” is available in hundreds of communities throughout Oregon. Participants ages 1-18 can come to site for a meal at no charge-   without paperwork or identification and regardless of immigration status. To receive a meal, participants can drop in during a meal service time. Additionally, many programs offer fun activities so kids can stay active and keep learning. 

Typically the Summer Food Service Program is operated from the last day of school before summer break to the first day of the next school year. In 2020, when schools abruptly closed in March, the SFSP and the Seamless Summer Option were integral for getting meals to kids during the pandemic. These programs continued to operate throughout the 2020-2021 school year. 

As we move into the summer of 2021, the Summer Food Service Program is poised to continue getting more meals to kids than ever before. To find a summer meal site near you, visit summerfoodoregon.org, call or text 2-1-1, or text “Food” or Comida” to 877-877.

About Author

Cathy Brock MS, RDN, is a Child Nutrition Specialist at the Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs.

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