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Food and nutrition-sponsored meal programs provide free meals to youth with no registration required. These meals can become an important source of nutritious food. Canby School District will sponsor the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) from July 5 to Aug. 18

STOCK IMAGE - Canby School District's free summer lunch program is offered again this year.The SFSP theme for the Canby School District will be "Summer Food Rocks!" Flyers around the city can be used to help locate service sites. Children and teens who are interested in participating have no commitment. Anyone under 18 can visit a site for breakfast and or lunch just once or every day of service.

Parents and other adults are also encouraged to accompany their children at the sites and can purchase meals for a nominal amount ($2 for breakfast and $3.70 for lunch).

There will be four sites for those ages 18-under to visit for free meals -- Trost Elementary School, William Knight Elementary School, Baker Prairie Middle School and Wait Park. The menus will feature favorites from the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program recipe books.

The program will operate at the following sites:

Knight Elementary School: July 5 – Aug. 4 lunch served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Trost Elementary School: July 5 – July 25 breakfast served from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

July 5 – Aug. 4 lunch served from 11:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m.

Baker Prairie Middle School: July 25 – July 25 breakfast served from 8:30 to 9 a.m. and lunch served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Wait Park: Aug. 7 – Aug. 18 lunch served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

"About 644,000 Oregonians are food insecure and of those 223,480 are children. That equates to 1 in 5 people," said Galina Dobson, director of nutrition services, "By operating programs like Summer Food Service, we are able to help bridge this nutrition gap. Our programs are filled with good, nutritious foods as well as a fun safe environment for the youth and families in our area to visit."

All meals served are limited in fat, calories and sodium with plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains which meet the nutrition recommendations for a healthy lifestyle. This program served over 12,800 meals last summer and this year hope to serve even more meals.

For more information about summer meals visit www.canby.k12.or.us/departments/nutritionservices or www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-food-service-program-sfsp

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