Summer Meals Support Fund

ATTENTION: We are no longer offering Summer Meals Support Fund grants. See information below on how to start up a summer meal site in your community

In 2020 we shifted from our usual summer meal grant program to emergency support grants. In 2021 we made the decision to end the grant program and to instead focus our resources on policy and administrative advocacy to ensure that programs for summer and school meals are well funded and flexible in providing as much access for kids as possible.

Visit the Oregon Department of Education’s website to learn more about starting up, or improving, a summer meal site in your community.

You can also learn about Start Up and Expansion Grants for summer meal and afterschool meal programs on the Oregon Department of Education Website.



Have Questions?

Email us at [email protected] or call us at 503-595-5501.

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TESTIMONIAL

“Grant County might be small but we have a lot of mouths to feed. Without these funds we would not be able to help fight hunger in Oregon and make sure no kid goes without summer meals.”  

Kimberly Ward, Office Manager, John Day Canyon City Parks and Recreation District

We are happy to announce that in summer 2019, we were able to grant over $90,000 to summer meal programs across Oregon. The following 24 communities were awarded grants:


Morrow County School District

(Boardman)

Portland Parks Foundation

(Portland)

Parkrose School District

(Portland)

Boys and Girls Club of Western Treasure Valley

(Ontario)

Phoenix School of Roseburg

(Roseburg)

Estacada School District

(Estacada)

Stanfield Public Library

(Stanfield)

Grants Pass School District

(Grants Pass)

Neighbors for Kids

(Depoe Bay)

HomeForward - East County Portfolio

(Portland)

Boys and Girls Club of Rogue Valley

(Grants Pass)

Integral Youth Services of Klamath Falls

(Klamath Falls)

Lebanon School District

(Lebanon)

Lake Health District

(Lakeview)

Oregon City School District

(Oregon City)

Innovative Housing Inc.

(Portland)

Meals on Wheels People

(Portland)

B'nai B'rith Camp

(Beaverton)

South Coast Family Harbor

(Coos Bay)

Gervais School District

(Gervais)

Food for Lane County

(Eugene)

John Day Canyon City Parks and Recreation

(John Day)

Newberg School District

(Newberg)

Beaverton School District

(Beaverton)

Good Nutrition Makes a Difference

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Summer Meals

Thousands of Oregon children participate in school meals during the school year.

The Summer Food Program provides funds for organizations and schools to continue to serve meals to children during the summer when school is not in session. Funding is provided by the USDA.

Community summer meal programs are open to all families and don’t ask for any paperwork- kids can just drop in. Programs with meals are offered at many different types of places, including schools, parks, community centers and faith-based organizations. Many offer fun activities that help kids stay active and keep learning during the summer when school is out.

Start a Program

The Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs (ODE CNP) team can help communities and programs get started with summer meals. Visit their website for information.

Support Summer Meals Access

Many families have never heard of the Summer Food Service Program, or don’t know it’s open to all children and teens 1-18 years old. Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon help connect interested individuals to Summer Meals.

You can help parents and kids know about this important resource by donating to our work.

Donate

WHEN SPREADING THE WORD

please be sure to include the following information

“Each Summer, free healthy meals are available to all children and teens 1-18 years old. To find the nearest summer meal site, visit SummerFoodOregon.org, call 2-1-1, or text “food”to 304-304.”

Advocacy

We identify opportunities for Summer Food Service Program improvement through our work with providers here in Oregon and monitoring efforts of other states. We advocate for these improvements through state and federal policy change, like Federal Child Nutrition Reauthorization.

Have Questions?

To learn more about how you can support summer meal access, email us at [email protected]


College Students

Nearly 50% of college students struggle with food and basic needs insecurities. SNAP is a resource that can help. Students 18-49 who attend higher education at least half-time may be eligible for SNAP by meeting income guidelines and additional criteria.

Covid-19 eligibility expansion has ended at the federal level, however Oregon students who meet income guidelines may qualify for SNAP if they meet the following criteria below:

More details in this FAQ guide on eligibility

Income

Those who fall below Oregon’s income guidelines may be eligible for SNAP. Monthly amounts go up $857 for each additional person


Persons in Family

Annual

Monthly

Weekly


1

$29,160

$2,430

$565


2

$39,444

$3,287

$764


3

$49,728

$4,144

$964

*Students attending class less than half time and those age 50+ do not need to meet additional student criteria, only income, to qualify for SNAP.

Student Criteria

Students (ages 18-49) enrolled more than half-time and who meet income guidelines may qualify for SNAP if they meet at least ONE of these criteria:

  • Can speak to how your college education (4-year program, or less) is related to working in a specific job after you complete school
  • Are participating in a state or federally-financed work study program during the regular school year.
  • Are a paid employee or self-employed working an average of 20 hours a week
  • Are unable to work due to physical or physiological difficulties
  • Are responsible for the care of a child (age requirements apply)
  • Are participating in a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) approved program. https://www.wioainoregon.org/eligible-training-providers.html
  • Are receiving TANF
  • Are receiving Unemployment Compensation

Other Factors Affecting Eligibility

  • If a student’s meal plan pays for more than 51% of their meals per week than they are not eligible for SNAP. If the meal plan pays for less than half of a student’s meals per week, receiving a meal plan will not affect a student’s eligibility for SNAP. 
  • Students under the age of 22 who still live with their parents or guardians must apply with their parents. 
  • Financial aid received through the Veterans Administration or private scholarships count as income. 
  • Students on break from school must still meet the criteria for which they are eligible for SNAP (i.e. if you qualify by working 20 hours a week, you’d need to keep doing this over summer break). 

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Help Spread the Word about SNAP to Students

It is more critical than ever to share with Oregon students about SNAP since many students qualify but are not participating in the program. Use these resources to start SNAP outreach at your school to make sure students understand how to qualify and access food assistance.

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College SNAP Outreach and Assistance Toolkit

Find resources to help spread the word about SNAP at your college in our toolkit. The toolkit includes outreach planning and strategies,
an application assistance guide, outreach and communication materials, and more resources to help you ensure that students have access to SNAP.

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If you have questions that the Department of Human Services hasn't answered, please reach back out to us:

Contact us at 503-595-5501, [email protected]


Outreach Overview

Helping Oregonians put food on the table

Everyone has a right to food. At Partners for a Hunger-­Free Oregon, we are working toward a day when our state is hunger-­free; when every Oregonian ­- from kids to adults to seniors – is healthy and thriving because they have access to affordable, nourishing food.

A cornerstone of our work is to design and implement projects that connect Oregonians at risk of hunger to the federal nutrition programs available, helping people with the ability to purchase food and access prepared meals for children within the school environment and during summer break.

This network of programs makes up the safety-net that prevents hunger reduces poverty for many people in our country. We work with partners across the state to ensure everyone has access to these resources, using outreach to close the gap.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP is a federal program that focuses on putting healthy and nutritious food within reach for low income Oregonians. The program has been a tremendous success in reducing childhood hunger and malnutrition. Currently, more than 26 million Americans, including over 600,000 Oregonians, receive SNAP benefits each month.

SNAP benefits, provided on the Oregon Trail card, create a positive ripple effect in society, and are as essential today as they were when the program began. Families, older adults, people with disabilities, and hard-working Oregonians are able to get the support they need to stay in school, keep their jobs, and keep food on the table.

Since our inception in 2006, PHFO has designed and implemented projects that improve program access through effective communication, outreach and application assistance for eligible Oregonians. We provide trainings to community partners who are interested in connecting people to SNAP, and work closely with partners across the state to improve services for all.

School Meals

Through the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service Department, several nutrition programs are available that provide healthy food to children in school.

Administered by the Oregon Department of Education, these programs make available breakfast, lunch, in-school snacks, and after school meals and snacks for all children.

Some children are eligible for these services at not cost to the parents, and others can access meals through paying a small fee.

These programs help prevent hunger and obesity, and give students the best opportunity to make the most of learning. Approximately 315,000 students across Oregon are eligible for free or reduced price meals, however only about 210,000 access lunch, and 110,000 access breakfast in school.

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon designs and implements projects that focus on closing the gap between the number of children that are eligible, and the number of eligible children accessing free or reduced cost meals in school.

Connecting students to these available resources early on ensures that they are able to grow up happy and healthy!

Summer Meals When School is Out

Thousands of Oregon children participate in school nutrition during the school year. Through the USDA, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides funds for organizations to serve meals to children during the summer when school is not in session.

Of the 315,000+ children eligible for free or reduced price meals in school, only about 35,000 access free meals through the summer, leaving a huge gap of kids who are faced with hunger through a time of year that is supposed to be about fun in the sun!

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon offers statewide program outreach and technical assistance to local communities starting new or expanding existing services. We also work with the Oregon Department of Education to increase the visibility of this program across the state to make sure all Oregon kids who need a nourishing meal in the summer can access one.

Help connect communities and families to Summer Meals

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SNAP Overview

SNAP Helps Oregonians

Did you know that more than half of all Americans will use SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps,) at least once in their lifetime? Currently more than 680,000 Oregonians-1 in 6-receive SNAP. This impacts Oregon in 3 important ways:

  • It immediately puts food on the table
  • It stabilizes the family budget
  • It brings more than $1 billion federal tax dollars back into the state. Each $1 creates a $1.70 in local economic activity, helping to support local grocers and farmers

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon (PHFO) works with local communities and statewide leaders to improve the program at many levels through identifying access barriers, implementing new policies, and increasing participation statewide. We focus on strategies to increase access and participation of underserved populations including older adults and students. Our outreach staff travel across the state providing training, tools, outreach materials, and support to community partners.

Apply for SNAP

You may be able to get SNAP if you are working, receiving unemployment, or attending school. See if you are eligible and learn how to apply.

Apply Today

SNAP Time Limits

There are new time limits for some SNAP participants in Oregon. These time limits are for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) and affect SNAP participants in Benton, Clackamas, Lane, Marion, Multnomah, Washington and Yamhill Counties.

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SNAP for Older Adults

Older adults (60+) have the lowest SNAP participation rate in Oregon and across the country. Help more older adults connect to food assistance!

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Additional SNAP Information

Learn More About SNAP Outreach

Dive into our online SNAP training modules

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Get Outreach Materials

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon (PHFO) and DHS produce original materials for SNAP Outreach.

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SNAP for College Students

Students of higher education 18-49 need to have additional requirements for SNAP eligibility.

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Get Program Assistance

Outreach support, presentations, & information for your community.

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Match SNAP Benefits at Farmers Markets

Eat locally and match your SNAP benefits at these farmers markets around Oregon!

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ABAWDS

Who is an Able-Bodied Adult Without Dependents (ABAWD)? 

This is any person receiving SNAP benefits who: 

  • Is at least 18 but not yet 50 years of age
  • Doesn’t have a child under the age of 18 receiving SNAP benefits with them  

What are SNAP time limits? 

Federal rules limit SNAP benefits to three months in a three-year period for Able-Bodied  Adults Without Dependents. Due to the Federal Public Health Emergency related to the COVID Pandemic, this rule was suspended April 2020 through January 2023, but has since been reinstated.

Note: You are able to receive SNAP benefits for more than the three-month time limit if you meet the “work requirements,” or have an “exemption.”

What are the work requirements for ABAWDs? 

An Able-Bodied Adult Without Dependents can receive SNAP for longer than three months if they participate in verified work activities. These activities may include one of the following: 

  • Working, no less than 80 hours a month. This may be paid or unpaid (volunteering or  bartering). If self-employed, earnings must be at least $1,160 per month including  business costs or $580 without business costs. 
  • Participate in the Oregon Employment Department’s (OED) ABAWD program for no less than 80 hours a month completing  the work-related activities listed on their OED ABAWD case plan. 
  • A combination of no less than 80 hours a month of working (paid or unpaid) and  participating in work-related activities listed in their OED ABAWD case plan. 
  • Participating in Workfare at the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) rate.  

Do all Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents have to do the work requirements?

No. They may choose not to participate in the OED ABAWD Program and simply receive three months of SNAP. In addition, they may have a reason which prevents them from working. We call these reasons “exemptions.” Below is a list of allowable exemptions for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents. If a person believes they meet an exemption, they need to let ODHS know as soon as possible. Only ODHS can determine if a person meets an exemption. The ODHS staff will let them know if verification is required.  

Exemptions are grouped into a few categories:

The first category is exemptions that prevent the person from working and thus being able to meet the work requirements. In Oregon, a verbal statement is accepted for these: 

  • Unable to work due to mental, behavioral, or physical health issues. This is one of the most common reasons to exempt a person. It is meant to be broad. There are many ways to meet this exemption. Examples may include: 
    • A person receiving disability income or accident insurance payments.
    • A person receiving wrap-around services. Wrap-around services are defined as a range of services provided by community agencies addressing a person’s needs which include medical or health issues preventing them from obtaining or maintaining employment. 
  • A doctor’s statement is not required. However, they may be asked follow-up questions to help make the determination. 
  • Enrolled in School at least half-time. This includes students attending: 
    • High School. 
    • College. 
    • Training Programs. 
    • Adult Basic Education, General Education Development, or English as a Second  Language classes. 
  • Refugees engaged in Training Plans with a local Federal Refugee Resettlement Program. 
  • Participating in an Alcohol or Drug Treatment Program. This may be either an in-patient or out-patient program, it cannot solely be attending Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings. 
  • Responsible for caring for a person who requires assistance in caring for themself. It is not necessary for them to live together. This does not include people who are getting paid to provide care.  
  • A person is pregnant.

The second category of exemptions are considered equivalent to the work requirements. These work-related exemptions require verification and include the following: 

  • Working 30 hours a week or earning at least $935.25 a month 
  • Self-employed and earning at least $935.25 a month without business costs  and $1870.50 with business costs  
  • Applied for or receiving Unemployment Benefits. This includes persons in the appeal process doing the federally required weekly activities 
  • Participating in a TANF JOBS plan 
  • You are working, volunteering or bartering (You will need to provide proof).

There is a third category of exemptions known as discretionary exemptions. Oregon may determine the criteria for these exemptions, and may expand these, at its discretion, to a limited number of people subject to the SNAP time limits. Due to the limited number of discretionary exemptions available, Oregon will apply them in the following counties. These counties were selected because they either have no local WorkSource centers, are considered extremely rural, or have limited access to employment services:

Counties where discretionary exemptions will be applied when appropriate:
Wheeler  Lake  Crook
Gilliam  Harney  Curry
Sherman  Morrow  Union
Wallowa  Hood River  Wasco
Grant  Baker  Malheur
Jefferson

A person is also exempt from the SNAP time limits if they live on the Tribal Lands of the Burns Paiute Tribe; Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw; Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians; Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde; Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation; Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation; Coquille Indian Tribe; or Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians.

 

If you think you might be exempt, contact ODHS as soon as possible. ODHS needs to approve your exemption.

  • By phone at 833-947-1694
    • ​Phone hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Friday. 
    • ​Language interpreters available.
  • By email at [email protected]
    • Please include in your email:
      • Your full name
      • Your SNAP case number
      • Your contact information and a good time to reach you.

For more details, visit the SNAP Time Limits FAQ and contact your local ODHS Office (see list below) if you have any questions about your SNAP benefits.

Contact Your Local DHS Office:

  • Benton County
    541-757-5082
  • Clackamas County
    503-731-4777
  • Clatsop County
    503-325-2021
  • Jackson County
    541-858-3104
  • Linn County
    541-757-5050
  • Marion County
    503-373-7512
  • Multnomah County
    971-673-2422 or 971-673-2333
  • Polk County
    503-373-7512
  • Tillamook County
    503-842-4453
  • Washington County
    503-693-4769
  • Yamhill County
    503-373-7512

Local offices in Deschutes County:

  • Bend
    541-388-6010
  • La Pine
    541-536-5380
  • Redmond
    541-548-5547

Local offices in Lane County:

  • Cottage Grove
    541-942-9186
  • Florence
    541-997-8251
  • McKenzie Center
    541-686-7878
  • Springfield
    541-726-3525
  • West Eugene
    541-686-7722


SNAP Outreach Materials

PHFO Print Materials

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon (PHFO) produces original materials for SNAP Outreach. They are available to print and download below.

DHS Materials

Outreach brochures are available free of charge through Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS). DHS brochures have been developed through a collaboration with Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon for your use. To order free, current materials, complete the Brochure Order Form below.

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The Anti-Hunger Movement

Learn about our work to organize and advocate for food justice.
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SNAP Online Training

Help spread the word about SNAP!

If you are someone who is hoping to help your community access food assistance and end hunger, you’re in the right place!

Our online training will prepare you to inform others about SNAP, help members of your community use benefits and make the program more accessible and effective in your area. This training covers the history and current role of SNAP, how the program works, and how you can expand the impact of its resources in your community. Each module is a powerpoint with accompanying audio. While they are designed to be taken in order, you may take them one-by-one and at the speed that best suits your needs.

Module One:

The Importance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Module One gives an overview of the program, why it is importance to learn about the program and what SNAP provides for Oregon’s communities.

ACCESS MODULE ONE

Module Two:

Basics of SNAP

Module Two presents the background of the SNAP program, how it originated and how it evolved over time, including eligibility criteria and how to apply for SNAP.

ACCESS MODULE two

Module Three:

Using SNAP

Module Three explains how participants can use SNAP, outlining what can be purchased, where, how to recertify, and what to do if a participant’s EBT card is lost.

ACCESS MODULE THREE

Module Four:

SNAP Outreach

Module Four focuses on ways to increase awareness of SNAP in your community, and reach people who may be eligible but are not currently participating.

ACCESS MODULE FOUR

Feedback

We would also love to hear your feedback on this training!

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SNAP Outreach Materials

PHFO and DHS produce original materials for SNAP Outreach. They are available to print and download below.
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Anti-Hunger Movement

All people have the right to be free from hunger.

Yet one in ten households in Oregon face a challenge to put food on the table. Because of historical injustices like racism and misogyny, people of color and women are disproportionately denied that right. Renters in Oregon are more likely to experience hunger than homeowners, and are more hungry than renters in the rest of America.

It doesn’t have to be this way. We believe in overcoming social inequities with targeted resources and policies. We center our work around the lived experiences of people facing food insecurity. Together with many partners – and you – we win changes to bring us closer to the vision of a hunger-free Oregon.

Policy priorities

Learn more about our policy change agenda and how you can raise your voice effectively for change.

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SNAP Client Advisory Board

The SNAP Client Advisory Board provides a brave space for past, present, and future SNAP participants to improve the program for SNAP recipients. The board exists to make changes, hold decision-makers accountable, and ensure there is equitable access to SNAP for all. We do this by working together with advocates, community organizations, and lawmakers.

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Food for All Oregonians

We envision an Oregon where all people have access to food no matter where they were born or their immigration status.

For too long, immigrants have been excluded from food assistance programs. Now is the time to prioritize access for our immigrant neighbors.

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Hunger-Free Schools

Every child deserves a healthy start in life. School meals help kids learn, grow, and thrive. The Hunger-Free Schools Campaign seeks to develop policy recommendations and win legislative change to put Oregon on the path toward becoming the leader in ensuring every child is well nourished at school.

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Oregon Hunger Task Force

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon convenes the Oregon Hunger Task Force. The Task Force was created by the State Legislature to act as a resource within government and as a statewide advocate for Oregonians who are hungry or at risk of hunger. It works collaboratively with stakeholders throughout Oregon to compile research, develop proposals for government action, and coordinate anti-hunger services at the state level. Explore the Task Force’s current Plan to End Hunger as well as the most current research on the status of food insecurity in Oregon at oregonhungertaskforce.org

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Together, we can end hunger in Oregon.
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School Meals

Good nutrition makes a difference

Hunger remains persistently high for Oregon kids.

According to a report on Food Insecurity in the Oregon more than 300,000 kids, or one in seven children (14.6 percent), in Oregon are food insecure.

We understand the physical, emotional, and cognitive impacts of a lack of adequate nutrition on kids. A skipped or partial breakfast or lunch may lead a child to feel frazzled and anxious during a third-grade reading exam. Over time, we know this child may fall behind a grade level, and ultimately might not graduate from high school due to a lack of essential nutrition and energy during their educational journey in school.

Access to healthy nutritious food for children exists through USDA Child Nutrition Programs at schools and many child care centers, including the School Breakfast Program (SBP), the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), and the After School Meal and Snack Program (ASMSP).

We work with community partners, including the Oregon Department of Education, to publicize and expand participation in these nutrition programs through technical assistance, outreach and marketing materials, and programs designed to boost participation.

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Visit the ODE Online Application to apply for free school meals

Any student is welcome to enjoy meals at their school. Whether a family pays or is eligible for free meals, the food served at school meets nutrition guidelines that helps all children and teens grow and learn.

Based on Family Income

Children whose families have income at or below 300% of the federal poverty level can get free meals at public schools. At private schools, the family income must be below 185% to get free or reduced price meals.

Homeless or Foster Care, Runaway or Migrant

If the members of your household lack a permanent address or are staying together in a shelter, hotel, or other temporary housing arrangement, or if your family relocates on a seasonal basis, then your children likely qualify for free meals. If you believe children in your household meet these descriptions and haven’t been told your children will get free meals, please call your school.

Receive SNAP, TANF, or Food Distribution on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) benefits

If a family receives any benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), the children will qualify for free school meals.

Who can run School Nutrition Programs?

All Public and private non-profit schools (high school and under), and Residential Child Care Institutions (RCCI) can participate. For each breakfast, lunch or snack that is served and is consistent with USDA nutrition standards, the school or RCCI receives reimbursement from the federal government and in many cases additional financial support from the state of Oregon through the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), which monitors implementation.

School Breakfast Program

The School Breakfast Program (SBP) provides federal reimbursements to providers who operate nonprofit breakfast programs in schools and residential childcare institutions.

Benefits to children, families, and schools

1. More children start the day with breakfast

Students get a nutritionally balanced start to their day so they can do well mentally, physically, and socially.

2. Greater cognition and health

Students are less likely to struggle academically or have health issues.

3. Increased access

Families face challenges to providing breakfast for their kids, including tight food budgets or early-morning work, carpool, or bus schedules; the SBP provides a healthy option available for their kids.

4. Greater participation in learning

Studies suggest that students who eat breakfast increase their math and reading scores, do better on standardized tests, and improve both their speed and memory in cognitive tests. It has also been shown to positively impact absenteeism, tardiness, nurse visits, and behavioral incidents.

5. Strong child nutrition programs

School food nutrition departments benefit financially when they are able to reach more children in need with school breakfast; increased participation helps create economies of scale, and options such as Provision 2 and Community Eligibility Provision help yield federal reimbursement dollars to support strong programs.

Model Programs

Schools across the country have found that substantially more children eat breakfast when it is served after the bell and free of charge for all students, when viable. By offering breakfast as part of the school day, schools can eliminate barriers such as bus schedules and stigma that get in the way of students eating this important meal. Many organizations have created tools to help teachers, schools and advocates promote school breakfast.

Additional Resources

Oregon Department of Education’s Breakfast in the Classroom Manual

Share Our Strength’s Center for Best Practices

Food Research and Action Center’s research and tools on school breakfast

National School Lunch Program

The National School Lunch Program has been serving children nationwide since Congress passed the 1946 National School Lunch Act in response to widespread childhood malnutrition. The program aims to provide nutritious food to school aged children and support food prices by channeling farm surpluses into the school food system. The program is administered at the Federal level by USDA and at the State level by the Oregon Department of Education.

Highlights:

  • Federal entitlement program providing schools cash subsidies for low-cost, healthy meals
  • Meals must meet federal nutrition guidelines
  • Funds may be used to cover food, administration and staffing costs
  • Participating schools also can receive donated commodity food from the USDA

Benefits to Students:

  • Access to a balanced, nutritious lunch that includes whole grains, fruits, vegetables and milk
  • Improved academic performance, concentration and fewer behavioral problems
  • Participation in the program can assist in developing good eating habits

Benefits to Schools and Programs:

  • Cash reimbursements to schools
  • Wellness policies to help schools address obesity problems and promote physical activity

After School Meal and Snack Program

The federal After School Meal and Snack Program (ASMSP) provides reimbursement to qualifying after school enrichment programs that serve free meals or snacks to their children.

ASMSP is an extension of the Child and Adult Care Food Program, and is sometimes referred to as the “At-Risk” or “Supper” program. All meals and snacks are served free of charge to youth in participating after school enrichment programs.

Benefits to Kids

Strong Bodies: Improve the health and well being of the children you serve. The snacks and meals are nutritionally-balanced and allow kids to get the most from your enrichment program

Strong Minds: By the time children come to your programs it may have been 3-4 hours since their last meal, making it difficult to concentrate or learn. This program ensures that students continue to thrive even after the school bell rings.

Strong Communities: After school programs provide a safe, supervised environment during a time when many youth would otherwise be home alone, or on the street.

Benefits to After School Programs

Strengthens and Preserves Programming:

Providing meals and snacks can be expensive, leaving program managers with a difficult choice between feeding kids and providing enriching activities. ASMSP can help you do both, saving thousands of dollars on meals and snacks that can fund program activities.

Funding Diversity:

The meal program is a great tool to use for approaching future funders. Incorporating this as part of your fundraising budget shows potential funders your willingness to leverage all available resources in your community. It also demonstrates a commitment to your children’s overall health and wellness.

Eligibility Requirements

The site must be located within a school attendance boundary where at least 50% of the children are eligible for Free and Reduced (F/R) lunches.

Schools, churches, apartment complexes, community centers, boys and girls clubs, tribal agencies and other organizational locations are examples of appropriate sites.

Take action to bring school meals to ALL Oregon kids.

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Hunger-Free Leadership Institute

The Hunger-Free Leadership Institute works to end hunger in Oregon by building, strengthening, and supporting community leaders.

The Hunger Free Leadership Institute (H-FLI) is a leadership development opportunity for emerging community leaders with lived experience of hunger to gain access to skills and experiences to change anti-hunger policy.

With an emphasis on community organizing, equity, and racial and social justice, H-FLI’s purpose is to provide a dedicated space and resources that integrate the leadership, expertise, and insight of people who have experienced hunger or poverty into hunger-prevention programs and policy.

Participants in H-FLI sharpen their skills to lead grassroots efforts uncovering and addressing hunger in Oregon through:

  • Leading community organizing actions and events;
  • Personal reflection and group participation;
  • Networking with professionals in the anti-hunger and advocacy communities; and
  • Planning and completion of an applied team project.

A stipend of up to $1000 is provided for program participation, and participants are reimbursed for program-related costs such as hosting a house gathering. Meals and childcare are provided at trainings and meetings.

The Hunger-Free Leadership Institute is on hiatus until Fall 2019. Check back to learn about opportunities for community members with lived experience hunger to get involved in our work.

H-FLI Advisory Council

The Hunger-Free Leadership Institute is guided by an Advisory Council who evaluates, plans, and recruits for H-FLI.

Alison DeLancey

H-FLI Alumni

Beatriz Gutierrez

H-FLI Alumni

Brian Park

OHSU Richmond Clinic

Chloe Eberhardt

PHFO Staff

Chris Baker

PHFO Staff

Jackie Leung

H-FLI Alumni

Jen Carter

H-FLI Alumni

Jen Turner

Oregon Food Bank

Joshua Thomas

H-FLI Alumni

Kirstin Juul

H-FLI Alumni

Michelle Harreld

NorthStar Clubhouse

Peter Lawson

Oregon Food Bank - Southeast Oregon Services

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