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Free Weekly Food Boxes for Youth Through June

Boxes with a week’s worth of breakfast and lunch fixings for youth can be picked up on Wednesdays, June 16, 23 and 30

Eugene School District 4J is offering free food boxes for 4J students and other youth every Wednesday through the end of June. Each food box contains fixings for five days of breakfast and lunch meals. No application or pre-registration is required.

The food boxes can be picked up between 12:45–2:15 p.m. on June 16, 23 and 30 at eight school sites across the district: Arts & Technology Academy, Cal Young, Kennedy, Madison, Monroe, Roosevelt and Spencer Butte middle schools, and Howard Elementary School (next door to Kelly Middle School).

The free youth meals are shifting to a “food box” format as students transition from school days to summer.  Previously, weekly meal boxes distributed recently contained premade “heat and eat” meals. Now, the food boxes will be filled with fruits, vegetables, beverages, breakfast foods and sandwich makings for five days of breakfasts and lunches. (The food box on June 16 also contains premade dinners.) 

Vegetarian, made-without-gluten, and soy milk options are available.

Families can pick up a youth food box at any location regardless of where they live or attend school.  Families who are not able to pick up a food box at the scheduled time may email 4jmeals@4j.lane.edu and request to pick up a food box at the district office at a different time.

Free food boxes will continue to be available this summer; times and locations will be posted soon. In addition, all students will continue to receive free meals at school next year, thanks to the extension of a federal program that makes it possible for 4J to provide free meals for all students and youth without income or application requirements through the end of the 2021–22 school year.

When:

Every Wednesday, 12:45–2:15 p.m., through June 30

Where:

Food boxes for youth can be picked up at eight 4J school sites:

  • Arts & Technology Academy, 1650 W. 22nd Ave.
  • Cal Young Middle School, 2555 Gilham Road
  • Howard Elementary School, 700 Howard Ave.
  • Kennedy Middle School, 2200 Bailey Hill Road
  • Madison Middle School, 875 Wilkes Drive
  • Monroe Middle School, 2800 Bailey Lane
  • Roosevelt Middle School, 500 E. 24th Ave.
  • Spencer Butte Middle School, 500 E. 43rd Ave.
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