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Department of Education is seeking to expand food program in Marion county this summer

The Oregon Department of Education is seeking to increase the number of sites feeding children and teens this summer as part of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

In Oregon, only 38,908 of the 307,182 children (12.6 percent) who are eligible for free or reduced-priced meals in the National School Lunch Program participate in SFSP.

The Oregon Department of Education is seeking more schools, community organizations and tribes to participate in SFSP this summer to help ensure that children and teens receive the nutritious meals they need during the summer months.

Last summer, Oregon's 135 summer food sponsors served almost 1.6 million meals and snacks at 818 locations, including Woodburn, Hubbard, Aurora, Donald, Mount Angel, Gervais and Brooks.

"Supporting the Summer Food Service Program converts the summer gap into a summer boost," ODE Summer Meals Outreach Coordinator Jessica Visinsky said. "Access to healthy meals and enrichment programs in the summer supports a child's educational and physical growth. When children miss out on chances for meals and enrichment during the summer, it causes a gap that they must try to make up when school reconvenes."

Marion County is one of 15 counties where the ODE's Child Nutrition Program is interested in serving more summer meals this year.

Organizations such as schools, non-profit community programs, local government agencies, camps and faith-based organizations are invited to apply with the ODE to run the programs.

The Oregon Department of Education also has state grant funds available up to $20,000 per applicant to start up or expand summer meal programs, including building community partnerships to increase summer meal programs in your area.

Find out more

For more information on the Summer Food Service Program, contact Jessica Visinsky.

Phone: 503-947-5897

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applications are due April 19 and are available at: https://shrtm.nu/RbeM

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