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Summer Meals in the news!

Check out these stories on the Summer Food Service Program around Oregon.

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Free Meals Available for Kids Across North Clackamas

Clackamas Review - July 6, 2016

Information about the North Clackamas Summer Meal Program, as well as activities and locations. This article also covers Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and other community partners and information on how to become a partner, or to volunteer with the Summer Meal Program. A list of Summer Meal sites for North Clackamas can also be found here.

All kids welcome to eat free lunch at participating sites - More than 50 places offer meals, snacks to fill up active children 

The Register-Guard - July 4, 2016

List of 50+ summer meal sites plus 10 free, supervised drop-in Summer Playground Programs (also free summer food service sites) in and around the Eugene / Springfield area 

SUMMER FOOD: Free for ages under 18

The News Guard, Lincoln City - June 28, 2016

Information about the Summer Food Service Program as well as several Summer Meal Sites in Lincoln County, including two new sites, the summer program at the Ridge apartments and the Panther Creek Community Center in Otis. 

More Free Summer Meal Sites Set to Open in Salem-Keizer

Statesman Journal - June 24, 2016

The Salem-Keizer school district has a record amount of summer meal programs this year. 

Summer Lunch Program Mobile Delivery 

Suislaw News - June 24, 2016

Location and contact information for the new mobile lunch program as well as another Summer Meal Site within the Suislaw School District 

Summer Lunch Program Continues in Bandon

Bandon Western World - June 23, 2016

Information about the South Coast Summer Meal program, and who it serves, along with location change information for the Bandon Summer Meal program

Free Food, Fun and Friendship For Area Kids This Summer

The Daily Astorian - June 23, 2016

Information about food insecurity in Oregon, announcement and location/contact information for the nine Summer Meal feeding sites throughout Clatsop County

Stanfield library to provide summer reading, meals

East Oregonian - June 21, 2016

This article discusses the new Summer Reading Program and Summer Meals Program at Stanfield Public Library in East Oregon. It covers details about the program including hours of operation, and the Summer Meals Support Fund grant from Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon

Local Sites Offer Free Lunch Over the Summer 

Woodburn Independent - June 15, 2016

Contact and location information for Summer Meal Sites in Marion County 

Summer Lunch Program Gets Ready to Start 

The World, Coos Bay - June 1, 2016

Summer Lunch Program announcement for North Bend, and new site Bandon, details about the program including contacts, hours and locations. 

"This is their main meal" Summer program provides stability for food-insecure children

The Argus Observer - May 22, 2016

Information about the Summer Meals Program in the Western Treasure Valley


Malheur County students get more than free meal sites for summer

The Argus Observer - May 22, 2016

Information about the the Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children program. 

Human Solutions Announcement, Front Page Article - May 20, 2016

Latest News Blog entry thanking Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon for the Summer Meals Support Fund Grant 

Supporting Arbor Glen's Summer Meals 

PHFO Blog - September 23, 2015

Arbor Glen is a welcoming space for kid and families, with their summer program engaging up to 80 kids and their families each day. This blog highlights the importance of summer meals and enrichment activities in engaging and supporting young kids and their families. 

Eating their fill at Lunchbox Express

NRToday - August 20, 2015

This article spotlighted on the “Lunchbox Express” program at Roseburg Public Schools on how to successfully deliver food to areas that are most needed. The Lunchbox Express program, with the addition this year of a traveling yellow lunch box, served approximately 8,800 meals to children this summer, compared to 6,200 during the same time last year. 

Rep. Bonamici visits Vernonia's Summer Meal Program 

Chief News - August 10, 2015

This article highlights Rep. Suzanne Bonamici visiting the Vernonia School District's summer meals program, as Congress is discussing ways to improve our nation's child nutrition programs. Bonamici is in support of expanding the federal summer nutrition programs so that more communities have an access to summer meals programs like of Vernonia's.  

Lemonade for Lorelai (Summer Meals Feature: Part I)

PHFO Blog - July 21, 2015

Vernonia may be just a small town in Northwestern Oregon, but the little logging community has hosted the hugely successful Vernonia Summer Meal program for the past five years, thanks to the big hearts of its residents. This is the first story in a series about the Vernonia Summer Meal Program.

Be sure to check out Part II: Pigs and Plums, Part III: The Condiment Specialist, and Part IV: Christimas (in July) for Cathy of our blog series of Vernonia Summer Meal Program.

Summer Meal Programs Struggle to Meet Demand

OPB - June 25, 2015

In addition to posting the interactive map on the OPB website, Rob Manning spoke on air about how the summer lunch program has grown over the last six years, from serving 1.6 million lunches to more than 2 million. In this same time period, 36,000 more Oregon students became eligible for subsidized lunches, reflecting the need for the summer lunch program.

Roseburg father delivers Summer Meals to kids

PHFO Blog - June 23, 2015

In honor of the recent launch of the “Lunchbox Express” in Douglas County, here is an inspirational interview with the Nutrition Director at Roseburg and Winston-Dillard School Districts, Kyle Micken. His interview highlights the idea behind the Lunchbox Express program and the importance of investing more in fighting child hunger through innovative programs to raise awareness about summer meals in Oregon.

Portland Parks & Rec to serve 111,000 free kids' lunches 

KPTV - June 9, 2015 

As summer is a critical time for many kids who are dependent on school lunch, this article highlights Portland Park & Recreation’s effort to fill the summertime gap and provide summer meals, along with activities for the kids. 

Summer Meals and More Being Served for Oregon Kids

Public News Service - June 4, 2015 

This article highlights that this summer, more than 130 sponsor at almost 900 sites across the state are ready to provide nutritious lunches and, in my cases learning activities for children who would otherwise be on their own when school is out. 

Summer Meals Kick-Off Week & Participation Report

PHFO Blog - June 2, 2015

With Summer Meals Kick-Off Week around the corner, Partners for a Hunger- Free Oregon is thrilled to announce our 2014 Oregon Summer Meals Participation Report which delivers lots of great accomplishments made by Oregon summer meals sites and sponsors. 

Summer Meals Support Fund helps 17 sites

PHFO Blog - May 26, 2015

Partner for a Hunger-Free Oregon is thrilled to announce that 17 grantees have been selected as 2015 Summer Meals Support Fund recipients. Our 2015 grantees are veterans to the Summer Food Service Program; this year, our support will help each community reach even more kids. 

OPB's Think Out Loud: Summer Food Program Helps Bridge a Gap 

Think Out Loud, OPB - August 19, 2014

OPB's Think Out Loud program aired a segment about the summer food program live from Portland's Peninsula Park summer food site. Annie Kirschner with Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon was the featured guest alongside families who use the program and one of the site's coordinators.   

Learning & Lunch: School Programs Fight the Summer Slide 

OPB - August 13, 2014

As part of his ongoing series on the Class of 2025 at Earl Boyles Elementary School, OPB reporter Rob Manning explores the challenges parents with low-incomes face in keeping their kids "fed, supervised and learning" in the summer.  

Portland Tribune - August 11, 2014

The newspaper drew attention to the summer food program's efforts to fill the summer food gap, spotlighting the program at Mill Park Elementary School in SE Portland.

Medford Mail Tribune - July 7, 2014

The newspaper published a letter to the editor by Lesley Nelson with Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon. Lesley wrote in response to an editorial that noted challenges the summer meal program faces in reaching kids.

Medford Mail Tribune - June 29, 2014

This article takes a close look at gaps in participation in the summer meal program in Jackson County, and efforts by the Medford School District to ensure more kids eat a nutritious lunch in the summer.

Medford Mail Tribune - June 29, 2014

The newspaper editorializes about the challenges in delivering nutritious meals to kids during summer months. 

The World (Coos Bay) - June 28, 2014

The Coos Bay newspaper editorializes about the summer food program, notes that child hunger is a "serious social issue" and urges readers to become involved in helping the summer food program reach more kids with nutritious food. 

KOIN 6 News - June 25, 2014

KOIN 6, along with sponsors Papa Murphy's and The Safeway Foundation, launched Operation Lunchbox at Beaverton City Park. By supporting summer meal sites, the initiative ensures kids have a healthy meal and connect with friends when school is out for summer. The news outlet created a public service announcement (PSA) about Operation Lunchbox. 

The World (Coos Bay) - June 25, 2014

This article looks into how more kids are access summer food in Coos Bay and the launch of its second year of mobile meal deliver efforts. The article was reprinted in Wallow County Chieftain.

Statesman Journal - June 25, 2014

An article examines the Salem-Keizer's school district's summer food program. 

Stayton Mail - June 23, 2014

The Stayton Mail published an opinion piece by Lesley Nelson from Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon on the far-reaching benefits of the Summer Food Service Program.

County Increasing Access to Free Summer Meal Program 
Central Oregonian - June 20, 2014

This article spotlighted Crook County's efforts to overcome challenges in increasing participation in the summer food program. The piece cites the county-by-county summer food participation report released by Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon.

Summer Meal Sites Are Serving Up Dishes 
Beaverton Valley Times - June 19, 2014

This story looks at Beaverton School District as a model of how to deliver nutritious, enticing summer meals to kids in summer. 

Lebanon School Bus Serves Hot Lunch  
Lebanon Express - June 18, 2014

The newspaper examines Lebanon School District's innovative efforts to deliver food to kids in summer by converting a school bus into a mobile lunch room. The District received grants from the State and Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon to retrofit the bus and equip it. 

Bend Bulletin - June 18, 2014

The Central Oregon newspaper published a letter to the editor by Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon staff member Lesley Nelson in response to a recent editorial on summer food participation rates in that region of the state.

Grants Pass Daily Courier - June 13, 2014

This Grants Pass newspaper focused on the rate of summer hunger for kids in Josephine County and possible barriers to increasing participation in the summer food program.

No School, No Lunch  
Jefferson Public Radio - June 11, 2014

The Jefferson Exchange, a live call-in radio program on Ashland-based Jefferson Public Radio, did a segment on summer food. The program drew attention to findings from Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon's recently released summer food participation report, focusing on how kids from low-income families in Jackson and Josephine Counties fared in access summer meals last year.  

Many Central Oregon Students Who Need Free Summer Meals Miss Out in Summer  
Bend Bulletin - June 7, 2014

The Bend Bulletin showed how rural communities in Central Oregon are doing in addressing the summer food gap. Though there was a drop in participation in Crook County last summer compared to the previous year, participation climbed in both Deschutes and Jefferson Counties. 

Southern Oregon: Organizations Fight Summer Hunger  
KDRV TV, Newswatch 12 - June 6, 2014

Local ABC affiliate KDRV TV-Newswatch 12 broacast a segment on how two Southern Oregon counties - Jackson and Josephine - did in addressing summer hunger for kids who rely on school lunch and breakfast for nourishment during the school year.


The Oregonian - June 2, 2014

The Oregon spotlighted how kids from low-income families in Clackamas County fared in accessing summer meals. The newspaper reported on Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon's Summer Food Particiaption report, a key tool for measuring impact of existing programs, identifying areas that are falling short and in need of additional sites and targeted support. 

*News Archive*

School District Adds Mobile Service to Annual Free Lunch Program
The World - June 18, 2013

The Coos Bay School District has been offering free lunches to students over the summer for years, but they couldn’t escape the feeling there are more hungry children out there. They will find out for sure this summer as they add mobile service to their annual program. A grant through Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon got them the transport carts they needed to safely move hot and cold food at the right temperatures.

Free Summer Activities and Free Lunches are in Full Swing at Hillsboro's Shute Park
The Hillsboro Argus - July 12, 2012

Monday was bubble day and the bubbles were mighty big at The Outpost. Youngsters merrily romped around the lawn at Shute Park, chasing down and popping watermelon-sized bubbles.

Food Sites Open Monday for Kids' Summer Meals

OPB News - June 18, 2012

School may be out for the summer, but students can still get free summer meals starting Monday. More than 500 sites will take part across Oregon.

Oregon Holding Ground on Summer Food for Kids

OPB News - June 11, 2012

A national survey suggests Oregon's doing a better-than-average job keeping kids enrolled in food aid programs over the summer months...

Organizations getting ready to prepare free summer break lunches for children

Klamath Falls Herald and News - June 18, 2012

Nearly every weekday this summer, Integral Youth Services will make 500 to 600 lunches to give away to children and teens in Klamath County...

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon kicks off summer meals program ... Jun 29, 2011
"We know that when summer comes the brain for these kids is still developing," said Superintendent Castillo. "This program provides not only ...



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