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

The Summer Food Service Program(SFSP) provides funds for organizations 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.

Want to find a site near you?

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is available in hundreds of communities throughout Oregon, offering free meals and snacks to all kids ages 1-18. Community summer meal programs are open to all families without paperwork or signing up – kids can just drop in. Many programs also offer fun activities so kids can stay active and keep learning. This year there are over 800 sites across Oregon, available to any child – no paperwork or sign up needed!

Use the Summer Meals map search to find a site near you.

Find Summer Meals

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 at [email protected] or 503-947-5901.

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon can also help answer questions and connect programs to resources:

Support Summer Meals

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

Outreach and program assistance

Hunger harms us all as a society, but it impacts some of us in Oregon far more than others.

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 a variety of marketing, outreach and technical assistance resources, and an annual Child Hunger Prevention Conference and state and local summer meal workgroups. We also provide small grants to help expand access to programs.

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 877-877.”

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 meals, contact Lizzie Martinez at 503-595-5501 x300 or [email protected].