Find Local Summer Meal Locations: www.summerfoodOregon.org
About Summer Meals
Thousands of Oregon children participate in school nutrition during the school year. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides funds for organizations 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 and training, and contact Dustin Melton, Child Nutrition Program Specialist with ODE CNP.
Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon can also help answer questions and connect programs to resources. Contact Marcella Miller at [email protected] or 503-595-5501 x307, read our Summer Meals Fact Sheet, and check out our start-up and expansion grant program for summer meals.
Support Summer Meals
What We Do
Outreach and Program Assistance
Through our summer meal outreach, we work with the Oregon Department of Education and other partners to identify communities that lack summer food programs, help get programs up and running, and increase awareness of meal sites among the public. We document and share best practices through publications like our Summer Food Guide, a comprehensive resource for operators of summer food programs, our annual Child Hunger Prevention Conference and state and local summer meal workgroups. We also provide small grants to help expand access to programs.
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.