EUGENE, Ore. — While class is wrapping up for many schools across our area this week, many families depend on those school-year resources, like a hot meal and a nutritious diet.
Many kids will go three months without either of those.
That’s where FOOD For Lane County’s Summer Food Program steps in to help. Kids can eat for free. It’s first come, first serve. There is no registration required. All you have to do is show up to one of more than 60 sites throughout the county.
It’s one way to make sure children are getting steady meals.
“They go to school and they get breakfast and they get lunch, and once school is out for the summer they have a good 11 weeks of not having that consistent nutrition, so it’s vital,” said Karen Roth, Children Nutrition Programs manager.
Fifty-three percent of Lane County children qualify for free or reduce-priced lunch. Organizers say many of those kids derive 75 percent of their nutrition from those school lunches.
Organizers recommend parents pack a lunch, go with their kids to one of the sites, and have a picnic.
The Summer Food Program also has sites in rural areas of Lane County.