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Coronavirus: Food Resources for Students and Families

Free weekly food boxes for youth

Starting July 7. Eugene School District 4J is offering free food boxes for 4J students and other youth every Wednesday, 12–1 p.m., at four locations: Arts & Technology Academy, Cal Young Middle School, Madison Middle School and South Eugene High School. Any remaining food boxes not distributed on Wednesday will be available for pickup at the back of the district office on Thursdays, 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m., while supplies last.

The weekly food box is filled with fixings for seven days of breakfasts and lunches—including fruits, vegetables, milk, sandwich makings, and breakfast foods such as scones or cereal. Vegetarian, made-without-gluten, and soy milk options are available.

Families can pick up meals at any location regardless of where they live or attend school. Free food boxes are provided for all 4J students and all youth age 18 and under. There are no income requirements and no application or pre-registration process.

Weekly food boxes will be available for pickup through August 18. There will be a brief break in meal service at the end of the summer, as 4J’s nutrition services team prepares for the fall return to school.

Since March 2020, Eugene School District 4J has provided more than two million free nutritious meals to local youth. Free meals also will be available to all students in 4J schools throughout the 2021–22 school year, thanks to the extension of a federal program that makes it possible to provide free meals without application requirements.

When:

Wednesdays, July 7–August 18, 12–1 p.m.

Where:

  • Arts & Technology Academy, 1650 W. 22nd Ave.
  • Cal Young Middle School, 2555 Gilham Road
  • Madison Middle School, 875 Wilkes Drive
  • South Eugene High School, 500 E. 43rd Ave.

Second Chance: Any remaining food boxes will be available for pickup behind the district office, 200 N. Monroe St., on Thursdays between 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m., while supplies last.

Eligibility Information

  • Meal boxes are for ANY child age 18 and under
  • No income requirements apply, and students do not have to qualify for free or reduced-price school meals
  • Children do not need to be students in 4J

Menus & allergen/nutrition information

Eugene School District 4J is an equal opportunity provider

Community Food Resources

4J Wraparound Services: Food boxes and pantry/personal care items are available every Wednesday for 4J families in need. To request a box, please contact your school, or leave a message with your name and phone number for the 4J wraparound team at 541-790-5718 or 4jwraparound@4j.lane.edu.

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 online directory of local food pantries in both English and Spanish.

Community food resources for families in need include:
Food pantries
Meal sites
The Dining Room
Programs for children
Programs for seniors
Trillium Produce Plus