Programs for Children

a child with long red hair and an orange shirt receives lunch
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.

Summer Food Program

Two children stand near a table with paper bag lunches
We invite all children and youth age 18 and younger to eat lunch for free during the summer months. 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.

Listen to a radio interview with Child and Senior Programs Manager, Roz Fox, about the Summer Food Program:


Full site list in English and Spanish.

The sites in South Lane County will run M-F June 25th-Aug 23rd.

The program ran in Eugene and Springfield M-F beginning June 24th through August 16th.

The sites in Oakridge ran M-F June 24th-Aug 15th.

All sites closed on July 4. We need volunteer site supervisors! It only takes two hours a day, Monday through Friday. We ask for a commitment of two weeks. The program requires use of your own vehicle, the ability to lift 40 pounds and a food handler’s card. FFLC will conduct a background check, and there will be mandatory training.

Summer Food will return in the summer of 2020!

Full site list in English and Spanish.

Site map below.

For more information about Summer Food or to volunteer, please contact Lisa Quaid (541) 343-2822 or here.


  • 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

a young person holds a small bag of cereal, his back to a concrete wall
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.

For more information about Cereal for Youth or Children’s Weekend Snack Pack, please contact Karen Roth at (541) 343-2822 or email here.