July is here and with that comes many summer specific food programs.

The Summer Meals Program: During the school year, tens of thousands of Oregon children eat school lunches each day. When the school year ends, so does this important source of nutrition. The Summer Meals Programs is meant to fill the gap by offering thousands of free lunches to kids across Oregon. Meals are available to kids ages 1-18. Meal sites are located at parks, schools, faith and community centers in hundreds of communities throughout Oregon. There are no restrictions for signing up - kids can just drop in! Many sites also offer fun enrichment activities, arts and crafts, and sports. To find a list of local programs families can visit www.summerfoodoregon.org  or call 211 and ask about summer meal programs in your region. 


SNAP at the Farmers Market: Buying fresh produce from the farmers market can be cost prohibitive for many individuals. Most Oregon farmers markets accept SNAP benefits, and many also offer a matching program which can double purchases dollar for dollar up to a certain amount. What this means is you could get $10 worth of food for only $5 from your SNAP account. Use this link to find farmers markets in your area that have a SNAP match program.

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