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Where to find free lunches for young people in Lane County. Limited take-out options

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In the early summer months, many children who depended on food provided at school may lack nutritious meals.

The Associated Press reports that the USDA Food and Nutrition Service has confirmed that about 30 million children a day are receiving free meals, up from 20 million before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Federally funded programs that provided free school meals to all students during the pandemic are coming to an end. With inflation, families are struggling to get food on the table.

The Register-Guard has put together a comprehensive list of free nutritious meal providers in Lane County that are available to young people this summer.

Most of the remaining programs do not offer take-out options that were available during the pandemic and require guardians to bring their children to eat on site.

4 days free meals

The Eugene 4J School District has six schools that will offer free breakfast and lunch to those 18 and under as part of its summer food service program. Breakfasts will be served from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunches will be available from noon to 1 p.m.

Meals will be provided on site from Monday to Friday:

  • Chávez Elementary, from July 11 to August 12
  • Holt Elementary, July 11 to August 12
  • Howard Elementary, July 11 to August 12
  • Arts & Technology Academy, Tuesday to August 12
  • Madison Middle School, July 11 to August 12
  • South Eugene High School, July 11 to August 12

These meals will not be available for take-out and must be consumed on site.

Children are welcome to eat at any summer meal site; they do not need to be neighborhood residents or students of that school. There are no application, registration or income requirements.

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Free meals from Bethel

Free breakfasts and lunches will be available to all Bethel students during the summer months. Children 18 and under have access to breakfast and lunch at two Bethel school sites: Prairie Mountain School and Willamette High School.

Willamette High will have meals every day of the week until July 29. Breakfasts will be served from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and lunches will be available from 11 a.m. to noon.

Prairie Mountain School will have meals every day of the week until August 12. Breakfasts will be served from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunches will be available from noon to 1 p.m.

There will be no take-out meals. All meals must be taken on site. Children must be present. Parents or guardians cannot take food home.

Other Free Meal Opportunities

FOOD for Lane County is home to 17 sites that are part of its summer food program through August 26. Lunches are available for all youth 18 and under.

FOOD for Lane County Summer Food Program and Meal Sites.

Lane County locations include:

  • Bob Keefer Center at 250 S. 32nd St., Springfield
  • Douglas Gardens Park at 3455 Redwood Dr., Springfield
  • Meadow Park at 851 Mill Street, Springfield
  • Springfield Public Library at 225 5th St. Suite 301, Springfield
  • Willamalane Park at 1276 G St., Springfield
  • Acorn Park at Acorn City Park, 1501 Buck St., Eugene
  • Amazon Park at 22 Amazon Parkway., Eugene
  • Brewer Park at 1820 Brewer Lane, Eugene
  • Emerald Park at 1400 Lake Dr., Eugene
  • Fourteen Pines Apartments 2712-2844 Willakenzie Road, Eugene
  • Maplewood Meadows Apartments at 2855 Matt Dr., Eugene
  • Petersen Barn at 870 Berntzen Road, Eugene
  • Sladden Park at 925 Cheshire Ave, Eugene
  • Junction City Community Center at 175 W 7th Ave., Junction City
  • Laurel Park at Laurel St., Junction City
  • Holt Park at Harvey Road N, Creswell
  • Veneta City Park at 25192 E Broadway Ave., Veneta

All venues will serve lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and are only available for on-site consumption – no take-out options.

Visit SummerFoodOregon.org or dial 2-1-1 to find the nearest restore point.

FOOD for Lane County also has several food pantries in Lane County that provide a three to five day supply of nutritionally balanced groceries for eligible families. More information on locations and eligibility can be found at foodforlanecounty.org/find-a-food-pantry.

Lowell, Harrisburg School Districts

The Lowell School District will provide free summer lunches to anyone 18 or younger until August 26 every day of the week.

Meals will be available at the Lundy Cafeteria at 45 S Moss St. Breakfast service is from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and lunch service is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The Harrisburg School District is also offering summer breakfast and lunch through August 18 at Harrisburg Elementary School.

Find more summer food resources at www.freefood.org/c/or-eugene Where www.oregon.gov/ode/students-and-family/childnutrition/sfsp/Pages/Summer-Food-Oregon.aspx.

Miranda Cyr reports on education for The Register-Guard. You can contact her at [email protected] or find her on Twitter @mirandabcyr.