The Summer Food Service Program or “Summer Meals” is an important resource in communities throughout Oregon, especially during the pandemic. Serving kids from ages 1 to 18, Summer Meals gives away meals free of charge regardless of immigration status.
Participating kids can show up during the service times and receive a grab-n-go meal. Certain districts also offer home and bus route delivery as well as parent/guardian pick up. There is no required paperwork, identification, or income verification needed to partake in the program.
There are several sites in the Corvallis area where kids can pick up meals. Serving meals Monday thru Friday, kids can receive meals at:
Scout Camp, 1986 SW Allen St., Corvallis
Adam Elementary School, 1615 SW 35th St., Corvallis
OSU KidSpirit, 2501 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis
Orchard Court, 3405 NW Orchard Ave,, Corvallis
The Boys and Girls Club, 1112 NW Circle Blvd., Corvallis
Osborn Aquatic Center, 1940 NW Highland Dr., Corvallis
During a normal year, Summer Meals starts the day before the beginning of summer break and goes to the first day of school in the fall. However in 2020 due to school closures in March, Summer Meals along with Seamless Summer Options stepped up to get meals to kids. Instead of stopping the program in the fall, they continued to provide meals throughout the 2020-2021 school year. Throughout 2020, over 25 million meals were given out to kids.
Recently the Oregon, Department of Education released a promotional video for Summer Meals. The video features Director of Oregon Department of Education, Colt Gill, as well as Portland Thorns player, Morgan Weaver.