Programs for Youth

Youth & Family Programs

Nutrition plays a crucial role in supporting emotional, physical, and mental well-being for children. Kids rely on essential nutrients to fuel their growth, boost energy levels, and enhance cognitive development. FOOD For Lane County is dedicated to providing Lane County youth with the nourishment they require to thrive in school and in life.

Interested in Volunteering?
To learn more about volunteering with Youth & Family Services, click here.

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Summer Food Program

June 24 – August 23  

Monday – Friday  |  11:30am – 12:30pm

2024 Menu  |  2024 List of Sites

We invite children and youth age 18 and younger to eat free lunch during the summer months. Employees serve meals at parks and community centers located throughout Lane County. Each Summer, FFLC serves thousands of lunches to children through this Program!

**2024 Site Activities (more to come!)**

Smart Reading
– Providing over 1,000 free books to kids.

Eugene Public Library (Bethel) – July 9th at Emerald Park:
– Signing kids up for library cards
– Legos to play with

Eugene Public Library (Downtown) – August 14th:
– Information about summer reading and fall programming
– On-site activity for kids

GreenHill Humane Society – July 17 at Skinner Butte Park, July 18 at Sladden Park, August 12 at Monroe Park, August 13 at Veneta City Park
– Fun enrichment activities for kids

Springfield Library – June 28th at Splash! @ Lively Park, July 19th at Guy Lee Park, August TBD at Splash
– Sign people up for library cards
– Community partners: Safe Routes to School, LCOG, Waste Wise Lane County, ODHS, Eugene Printmakers live

Springfield Library Plaza – Every Wednesday:
– Fun new events each week

Fun for All – Monday to Friday all summer:
Fun activities at Brewer, Acorn, Sladden, and Petersen Barn Parks

LTD (Lane Transit District) – Dates TBD:
– Passing out library cards
– Spin wheel for prizes
– Event every other week or every two weeks

OSU Extension – June 25th at Amazon Park, July 1st at Monroe Park, July 2nd at Meadow Park, July 3rd at Laurel Park:
– Food demonstration
– Recipes and activities

SHIFT Community Cycles – Weekly from July 2nd-August 2nd and August 5th-9th:
– Bike event at Monroe or Sladden Parks
– Bike repair and teaching kids how to ride

A big THANK YOU to all our activity sponsors!

Thank you to all the youth who joined us at our numerous sites in 2023! We served 28,689 meals to kids across Lane County! 

A big thank you to all of our partners for making last year a fun and welcoming experience: Arc of Lane County, Eugene Parks and Recreation, Eugene Public Library-Bethel Branch, Eugene Public Library-Downtown Branch, Eugene Public Library-Sheldon Branch, Greenhill Humane Society, Imagination Library, Lane Community College, No Kid Hungry, SMART Reading, Springfield Public Library, Willamalane parks and Recreation.

If you need to speak with our Youth and Family Programs Manager, please email here.
Want to provide a fun activity at one of our sites? Contact the program manager here.

Click here to view the previous menu. Click here to view a list of our 2023 sites.
Want to be apart of our Summer Food Program? Look out for our seasonal job opportunities.

As the excitement of summer approaches, many families with children face challenges with not having access to school breakfasts and lunches. Kids need three meals a day, all year long. Hunger doesn’t take a vacation. FOOD For Lane County is here to help bridge the gap for families whose budgets and food supply are already stretched thin. If you are able to, please consider making a gift today to help FOOD For Lane County address this vital need in our community. Click HERE to donate.

For every dollar donated, FOOD For Lane County can access and distribute two meals.

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Youth Programs in Schools

Cereal for Youth

The Cereal for Youth program is the result of a partnership between Attune – 8th Avenue Food and Provisions, Glory Bee, Grain Millers and FOOD For Lane County. This collaboration creates a nutritious cereal product distributed by local schools and organizations that serve youth, 18 and younger across Lane County.

Click here to see a list of participating schools and youth serving organizations.(PDF)

 

Are you a representative of a school or organization and don’t see your agency represented? FFLC is currently able to take on more partners. Talk to your local school or organization to learn how to access the cereal.

Want to learn more? Check out this video. For more information about Cereal for Youth, please email us here.

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Snack Pack

Due to limited resources, FFLC is not taking on more schools.

FFLC’s Snack Pack program provides a gallon sized zip lock bag of snacks intended for elementary school children to eat over the weekend. The foods in our Snack Packs are kid-friendly, shelf-stable, single-serving, and are simple for children to prepare – items such as granola bars, raisins, mac n cheese, and instant oatmeal are included.