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Out of town? Find a free summer meal location

The Oregon Department of Education is encouraging Oregon families to take two steps this summer to help combat childhood hunger:

When schools let out for the summer, thousands of Oregon children lose access to breakfast, lunch, and afterschool meals, available during the regular school year. Many children and families rely on these school meals to supplement what is available at home.

The Summer Food Service Program helps fill the gap by providing free nutritious meals to children and teens over the summer. Free meals and enrichment activities are offered at more than 650 locations throughout the state. 

Meals are available to any child 18 and under without regard to race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), age or disability.

Finding Meal Sites

There are more than 650 summer meal sites in Oregon alone. 

Families can look up meal locations in their area by:

• Calling 2-1-1

• Texting “Food” or “Comida” to 304-304

• Visiting

Local Summer food service programs

Mill City Free Summer Lunch – 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 265 SW Evergreen St. Free meals for ages 1 – 18. Monday – Thursday.

Scio Free Summer Lunch – 11:30 – noon, Centennial Elementary, 38875 NW First Ave., Scio. Free for ages 1 – 18. Monday – Friday.

Lyons Free Summer Lunch – 11:30 – 12:30 a.m., Mari-Linn School, 641 Fifth St., Lyons. Sack lunches for youth 1-18 years old. Meals must be eaten on site. No sign-up required. Through July 30.

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