EUGENE, Ore. — The end of the school year marks the start of summer fun. But for some kids in Lane County, it also becomes their hungriest time of the year.
The meals prepared at Food For Lane County for the summer lunch program go to kids throughout Lane County, who are in need and otherwise wouldn’t have a lunch. Even in the summertime, take one step inside the kitchen at Food for Lane County and you will find more than a dozen people hard at work.
They’re preparing nearly three thousand lunches that will be given to children and youth free of charge. Once everything is ready to go the lunches are served to those in need at parks, schools and affordable housing complexes.
“When school is out there’s a lot of kids out in our county that really don’t look forward to summer because they don’t get the consistent meals everyday, so this program is there to help fill that gap to make sure they can get at least one nutritious meal a day,” said Programs Manager Karen Roth
Food for Lane County has been running the summer food program, funded by the USDA, since 1997. The meals aren’t just for kids who are eligible for free and reduced lunch, either. Any child or youth can get a free lunch regardless of their economic background.
The program runs through August.