ATTENTION: Because of the unanticipated school closures due to the pandemic, this year Hunger Free Oregon will be shifting funding to an Emergency Support Fund model and will be temporarily suspending the Summer Meal Support Fund in 2020.

The purpose of the Emergency Support Fund is to provide emergency funds on a rolling basis to school and community-based sponsors providing meals during school closures. After disbursing emergency grants, this grant will still provide funding to Summer Meal sponsors (for the official summer season) and will begin reviewing those applications on May 1st. Grants are awarded up to $5,000 per program and can support a wide variety of operation related costs such as: equipment purchases, staffing, and transportation or meal delivery costs. More information regarding the Emergency Support Fund can be found within the grant guidelines document.

Applications are open Monday, April 6th through June 1st. Applications will be reviewed weekly on a rolling basis. Please submit completed applications to [email protected]

If you have already submitted or plan to submit an application for the Summer Meal Support Fund, we will still review your application. Alternatively, if you are serving meals now due to school closures, simply submit a brief update to your Summer Meal Support Fund application sharing how you would use the funds in this new context. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to your community during these uncertain times.

The 2020 Emergency Support Fund: for School and Summer Meals

We are excited to announce this year’s Emergency Support Fund: for School and Summer Meals application cycle is open. Emergency Fund Applications will be accepted from Monday, April 6th until June 1st on a rolling basis to school and community-based sponsors providing meals during school closures.

To apply, please complete the following materials and submit to [email protected]

Have Questions?

Contact Fatima Jawaid, Senior Program Manager, at [email protected] or 503-595-5501 ex. 307

Learn More About Summer Meals


“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

During the school year, tens of thousands of Oregon children eat school meals each day. However, when school ends for the year, so does this important source of nutrition. The Summer Food Service Program is meant to help fill that nutritional gap, offering free meals and snacks to all kids ages 1-18. 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.

Through our Summer Meal Support Fund (SMSF), Hunger-Free Oregon helps connect communities and families to summer meals – through financial support and technical assistance to new or expanding Summer Meal programs in Oregon. Since 2009, we have provided small grants of up $5,000 per program. Grant funds are targeted to support Summer Meals programs with equipment purchases, staffing, transportation costs, activity supplies, and outreach efforts.

Hunger-Free Oregon is committed to addressing economic inequity to accomplish our mission. Data shows food insecurity disproportionately impacts communities of color, recent immigrants, single parent households, LGBTQIA+ communities, individuals with disabilities, and people in rural areas of Oregon. In the 2020 grant cycle, Hunger-Free Oregon will be prioritizing applicants who prioritize equity and inclusion for underserved communities, with priority considerations for programs seeking to maximize engagement and support to marginalized groups.

In addition to financial support, Hunger-Free Oregon strives to work one-on-one with grant recipients to promote best practices, raise awareness, and provide technical assistance and/or support to Summer Meal programs throughout the state.

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


Portland Parks Foundation


Parkrose School District


Boys and Girls Club of Western Treasure Valley


Phoenix School of Roseburg


Estacada School District


Stanfield Public Library


Grants Pass School District

(Grants Pass)

Neighbors for Kids

(Depoe Bay)

HomeForward - East County Portfolio


Boys and Girls Club of Rogue Valley

(Grants Pass)

Integral Youth Services of Klamath Falls

(Klamath Falls)

Lebanon School District


Lake Health District


Oregon City School District

(Oregon City)

Innovative Housing Inc.


Meals on Wheels People


B'nai B'rith Camp


South Coast Family Harbor

(Coos Bay)

Gervais School District


Food for Lane County


John Day Canyon City Parks and Recreation

(John Day)

Newberg School District


Beaverton School District


Good Nutrition Makes a Difference

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Good nutrition makes a difference

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