Oregon has one of the highest child hunger rates in the nation
Child nutrition is important to every child’s emotional, physical and mental health. Children depend on nutrients to nourish their bodies, provide energy to grow and facilitate cognitive development. FOOD for Lane County manages three programs that provide Lane County children with the food they need to feel healthy and succeed in school.
For more information about our programs for children, please contact Karen Roth at (541) 343-2822 or email here.
Summer Food Program
We invite all children and youth age 18 and younger to eat lunch for free during the summer months. Staff and volunteers serve meals at schools, parks and community centers located throughout Lane County. Each summer, FFLC serves thousands of lunches and breakfasts to children through the Summer Food Program.
- No registration is required.
- Children ages 1-2 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
- We cannot provide food for parents or guardians, but we do invite you to bring your own food and eat with your kids.
- All food must be eaten on site.
Cereal for Youth
Cereal for Youth provides nutritious cereal to children and teens throughout Lane County. Schools and youth programs are active participants in this program. They request cereal from FFLC and distribute it to students for breakfast, as a school-day snack or to take home as an afternoon or weekend snack. We distribute hundreds of thousands of healthy snacks through Cereal for Youth each year.
Children’s Weekend Snack Pack
The Children’s Weekend Snack Pack program provides school-age children in Lane County with two gallon-size bags of easy-to-prepare, nonperishable food to eat on weekends or during school vacations.
As of 2017, three Springfield elementary schools are participating in the program: Maple, Riverbend, and Douglas Gardens. Umpqua Bank leads the fundraising effort and provides volunteers for the program.