While many students anticipate the carefree days of summer break, some may miss the guarantee of food school can provide.

To make sure children have access to food, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon works with the Oregon Department of Education and other agencies to provide free meals to children each summer at sites around the state through the Summer Food Service Program, paid for by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In Central Oregon, more than 20 sites will offer meals Monday through Friday to kids ages 1-18, at locations including schools, parks, community centers and churches. All serve lunch, and some serve breakfast as well.

More than 200,000 Oregon children in need eat free or get reduced-price meals at school every day, but only a fraction of those students access the free summer meals. About 16 percent of kids who use free or reduced-price lunches at school participate in the free summer meals program.

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon is hoping to increase the number of kids participating. In addition to providing meals, many of the sites also offer activities over the summer, such as reading or games.

Sites that serve breakfast in addition to lunch are marked with an asterisk. For more information on Sumer Food Service Program sites, including the times meals are offered, visit summerfoodoregon.org.

Bend

• Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend*

520 NW Wall St.

• Elk Meadow Elementary*

60880 Brookswood Blvd.

• Ensworth Elementary

2150 NE Daggett Lane

• Harmon Park

1100 NW Harmon Road

• Larkspur Park

1700 SE Reed Market Road

• Pilot Butte Neighborhood Park

1310 NE U.S. Highway 20

 Sun Meadow

61150 Dayspring Drive

Redmond

•  Bluff Apartments

340 SW Rimrock Way

•  Canyon Crest Apartments

532 SW Rimrock Drive No. 5

•  Cascade Swim Center

465 SW Rimrock Drive

•  Chaparall Apartments

244 SW Rimrock Drive

•  Redmond Early Learning Center at Hugh Hartman*

145 SE Salmon Drive

•  Highland Baptist Church

3100 SW Highland Avenue

•  Boys & Girls Clubs of Redmond

1379 SW 15th St.

• Redmond High School*

675 SW Rimrock Way

• Redmond Library

827 SW Deschutes Ave.

• Ridgeview High School*

4555 SW Elkhorn

 Rim Rock Villa Apartments

1822 W. Antler Ave. No. 8

• Sam Johnson Park

333 SW 15th St.

La Pine

•  Finley Butte Park

51390 Finley Butte Road

•  La Pine Event Center*

16405 First St.

Madras

•  Bridges Career and Technical High School*

410 SW Fourth St.

•  Buff Elementary*

375 SE Buff St.

•  Madras Elementary School*

215 SE 10th St.

•  Madras High School*

390 SE 10th St.

Prineville

• Barnes Butte Elementary*

1875 NE IronHorse Drive

•  Crook County High School

1100 SE Lynn Blvd.

•  Crooked River Elementary

1400 SE Second St.

•  Harwood Park

755 NW Harwood St.

•  Ochoco Creek Park Creation Station

455 NE Juniper St.

— Reporter: 541-383-0325, kfisicaro@bendbulletin.com

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