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Coronavirus: Food Resources for Students and Families

Free Meals for Children and Youth

Eugene School District 4J is providing free grab-and-go meals while school buildings are closed, available for all students and youth 18 and younger.

Meals are available for pickup on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., at numerous sites across the district. Families can choose the location that is most convenient for them, regardless of where they live or attend school.

Frequently asked questions: 

  • Meals are for ANY child age 18 and under
  • Meals are provided at no charge
  • No income requirements apply, and students do not have to qualify for free or reduced-price school meals
  • Children do not need to be present to receive a meal
  • Children do not need to be students in 4J
  • Children do not need to attend school at the site where picking up meals
  • Meals are a grab-n-go style, with both breakfast and lunch available at the same time
  • Food supplies are sufficient to provide meals based on typical participation
  • Social distancing rules must be observed at all times—staff, students and families picking up meals must maintain at least 6 feet of distance from any person who is not a member of their immediate household
Summer student meal program (June 15–Sept. 4)

When:

Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)
All meal sites are closed Fridays June 5 & 12. Extra meals will be distributed on the preceding Thursdays.

Starting June 15, free student meals will be served at 6 schools:
Arts & Technology Academy, Awbrey Park, ECCO, Holt, Howard and South Eugene High School.

Where:

Churchill Region

  • Arts & Technology Academy, 1650 W. 22nd Ave.*
  • Chávez Elementary School, 1510 W. 14th Ave.
  • Kennedy Middle School, 2200 Bailey Hill Rd.
  • McCornack Elementary School, 1968 Brittany St.
  • Acorn Park (12:15–1 p.m.), corner of Buck Street and West 15th Ave.

North Eugene Region

  • Awbrey Park Elementary School, 158 Spring Creek Dr.*
  • Howard Elementary School, 700 Howard Ave.*
  • North Eugene High School, 200 Silver Lane

Sheldon Region

  • Gilham Elementary School (only MWF, 12–1 p.m.), 3307 Honeywood St.
  • Holt Elementary School, 770 Calvin St.*
  • Sheldon High School, 2455 Willakenzie Rd.

South Eugene Region

  • Charlemagne Elementary School, 3875 Kincaid St. 
  • South Eugene High School, 400 E. 19th Ave.* (back of building, by the cafeteria)

Downtown

  • ECCO, 200 N. Monroe St. (behind the district office)
  • Mims House, 330 High St.

*hot meals available

Nearby Bethel and Springfield school districts also provide free to-go meals to all youth 18 years old and younger. Some of those meal distribution locations may be more convenient for your family.

Bethel School District free meal program
Springfield School District free meal program

Community Food Resources

FOOD For Lane County (FFLC), the area’s nonprofit food bank, continues to distribute food to its network of more than 150 churches and social service agencies during the coronavirus outbreak. The agency is providing an up-to-date list of closures and schedule changes for local food pantries.

Community food resources for families in need include:
Food pantries (Find the food pantry nearest you: tiny.cc/FFLCpantrymap)
Meal sites
The Dining Room
Programs for children
Programs for seniors
Trillium Produce Plus

FFLC strongly recommends contacting an agency in advance to confirm their hours of operation.

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)

The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) and Department of Education have announced that families with children who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals or attend a school/program that provides free meals for all students will get cash benefits for the meals they would have received at school.

The so-called Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) of $5.70 per school day during the closure is intended to offset the cost of meals for students, even if they have been accessing meals from schools during the closure.

If you were receiving meal benefits prior to the pandemic or your student attends a school/program where meals are free for all students, Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) will contact you with information about how to activate benefits.

If you are eligible for free and reduced-price meals, but have not yet applied for benefits, you can apply online. You may also request a paper application to be mailed to your home by emailing nutrition@4j.lane.edu. Your P-EBT benefits will start at the beginning of the month you qualify.

Please note that the 4J is not involved in fund disbursement. If you have questions, call the state helpline at 2-1-1 or the local DHS office at (541) 686-7878.