School is winding down and with it, the free and reduced-price meals that benefit many students. The Summer Food Service Program steps in when school ends, to provide free meals to students during the vacation.
More than 500 meal sites are planned across the state. They’re designed to provide food to students who are 18 and younger. State officials say fewer students use the free summer meals program than rely on free and discount meals during the school year.
Crystal Greene is with the Oregon Department of Education. She says it’s important for families and students to know about the summer food service.
“It will help them be healthy,” Greene says. “It will help them stay active and enjoying their summer, and it’ll help them come back to school prepared to succeed next year.”
Greene says meal sites start up towards the end of June. She says some sites will also offer activities, including outdoor concerts, movies, and playgrounds.