Programs for Children

Summer Food Program
Cereal for Youth
Children’s Weekend Snack Pack

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.

The Summer Food Program starts in Creswell, Cottage Grove and Dorena on June 15. The program starts at most other sites on June 22, 2015.


  • 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.

Check out the 2015 Summer Food Program site listing and menu!

Employment and volunteer opportunities

We need volunteers to pack the lunches from June 22 – August 21, 2015 in the FFLC kitchen. Shifts available Monday through Friday, 8am to noon. Please find volunteer contact information and application here.

We are also hiring Site Supervisors for the summer. Please see our Employment page.

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 January 2015, five Springfield elementary schools are participating in the program: Maple, Two Rivers-Dos Rios, Page, Riverbend, and Douglas Gardens. Umpqua Bank leads the fundraising effort and provides volunteers for the program.