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1,000,000 Free Meals Served

More than a million free meals for children served since schools closed • Meal program expanding and offering winter break meals

Eugene School District 4J has served its millionth free youth meal since school buildings closed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. 4J’s hard-working nutrition staff team hit the latest milestone, serving the 1,000,000th free meal, on Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving.

The district also is pleased to announce that the free meal program will now run through the end of the school year, and will add dinner offerings and winter break meal boxes.

All 4J students and youth 18 and younger will continue to have access to nutritious meals at no cost through the end of the school year in June. The USDA has extended for a second time the temporary program waivers that allow 4J to offer free meals to all youth 18 and younger. The program waivers previously were set to expire later this month.

Nutrition staff have been preparing and distributing about 3,500 meal bags daily for students. In addition, 4J’s new meal delivery service, which launched in mid-October, is delivering about 1,300 meals to local households each school day.

Additional meals will be offered to ensure youth have access to healthy meals during winter break. On Friday, Dec. 18, the last school day before winter break, food boxes will include an additional seven days of free meals—breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Then on Monday, Dec. 28, families can pick up another week of free meals for students and youth at the 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St., from 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

When school resumes online on January 5, meals will again be delivered and available at 10 sites across the district each school day from 10:45 a.m.–2 p.m. A dinner meal will be added to the ongoing breakfast and lunch provided each day, and extra meals for the weekend will be provided on Fridays.

Families who are not near a meal pickup location or who need assistance accessing school meals can request daily home delivery. The request form is available online in English and Spanish. Families who don’t have internet access can call 541-790-7654 and leave a message. New addresses will be added to delivery routes within 7–10 school days after the district receives a request.

More information:
Meal Delivery Request Form / Solicitud en línea
Grab-and-Go Meal Pickup Sites
School Meal Menus
4J Nutrition Services

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