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

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Summer Meals and Fun at Gresham Library

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon (blog) - July 14, 2017

Covers the Summer Meals Kickoff Party at Gresham Library on July 12. Includes information on locations and times of Summer Meal sites in east Multnomah County.

Summer meals support neighborhood kids, working families

Multnomah County (news) - July 13, 2017

This article looks at a summer meal site at Parkrose High School, one of 145 in Multnomah County. 

Free summer meals keep children fed, active

East Oregonian - July 13, 2017

Coverage of summer meal program in Umatilla and Morrow Counties, including successes of this year's program and the help from a Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon Summer Meal Support Fund grant.

Free Lunches for Children During the Summer

The Public Slate - July 13, 2017

A general article looking at how to access Summer Meals and a look at the work Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon does to that end.

Oregon close to banning 'lunch shaming' in schools

KATU-2 Portland - July 12, 2017

Looks at a summer meal site at Alberta Park in Portland and also the "lunch shaming" bill that has passed in state congress.

Portland Parks, Comcast Present 'Summer Free For All' Kickoff

The Skanner - July 10, 2017

Coverage of Portland Parks and Recreation's Free Lunch + Play program. Includes information on the statistics and outcomes of the program, as well as location and logistical information.

Free summer meals for kids

The Outlook - July 7, 2017

This article covers summer meals programs in east Multnomah County.  

Free meal program comes to Hood River neighborhoods

Hood River News - June 30, 2017

Coverage of the summer meals program run by FISH Food Bank in Hood River.

Beaverton kicks off free summer meals

KOIN-6 Portland - June 28, 2017

Coverage of the kick-off of this year's Summer Meals program in Beaverton and logistical information on the program.

Timbers Star visits Summer Meals Site

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon (blog) - June 28, 2017

Coverage of a site visit at SE Portland Summer Meals Site, Human Solutions Family Center, by Portland Timbers player, Darlington Nagbe.

Free summer meal program returns

Curry Coastal Pilot - June 27, 2017

The return of the summer meals program in Brookings-Harbor, as well as facts about hunger in Oregon, the need in the community and organizational information on Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon. 

Free summer lunches for kids

Multnomah County Library (blog) - June 26, 2017

This article covers the Summer Meals Programs at the Gresham, Midland and Rockwood branches of Multnomah County Library. 

Bend-La Pine Schools Kicking Off Free Summer Meal Program

My Central Oregon - June 23, 2017

Coverage of the kickoff of Summer Meals in the Bend-La Pine area.

Beaverton School District To Offer Free Lunches Beginning June 26

Beaverton Patch - June 20, 2017

This article provides information on Beaverton's Summer Meal Program, including detailed location information.

Summer Fun Days returning to Blue Lake Regional Park

Metro News - June 20, 2017

Coverage of the Summer Fun Days program at Blue Lake Regional Park, which provides informational and fun activities for kids during the day.

Free Lunch Programs Begin June 26 In Clackamas County

Oregon City Patch - June 19, 2017

Information on 15 Summer Meals Programs in Clackamas County. This article also discusses the need for Summer Meals in the county as well as the partnership with Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon.  

Food and fun for kids

Herald and News - June 14, 2017

Coverage of the Park and Play Summer Meals Program in Klamath Falls. 

Summer lunch is served

Blue Mountain Eagle - June 13, 2017

Coverage of Summer Meals in Grant County. This article also gives the details of locations, times and dates for summer meals in the area.

Summer lunch program under way

Wallowa County Chieftain - June 13, 2017

Information about the Summer Lunches in the Park program in Wallowa County. This article also provides facts on summer meals in Oregon, as well as covering Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and sponsoring local organization, Building Healthy Families.

Free meals during summer for Central Oregon kids

Bend Bulletin - June 10, 2017

Information about central Oregon Summer Meal locations, including those in Bend, Redmond, La Pine, Madras and Prineville. This article also gives some facts about Summer Meal Program utilization, as well as efforts made by Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon to increase these numbers.

Free summer meals program for Roseburg kids begins June 19

KPIC-4 Roseburg - June 7, 2017

Coverage of Summer Meals sites in the Roseburg area.

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

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon (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

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon (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

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon (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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