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In East Multnomah County, multiple programs offer noon meals. No identification is necessary.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Kids gather round a cooler for treats Friday at Main City Park at the city of Gresham's Summer Kids in the Park program. Many children qualify for free or reduced-price lunches during the school year, but when summer hits that source of nutrition runs out, putting pressure on some families to figure out how to afford more meals.

In East Multnomah County, there are several avenues for help.

Anyone can get a nutritious meal, participate in fun activities and socialize at a Summer Meals location. It's also a great way for students to stay connected to the school community. No identification is necessary.

Visit www.SummerFoodOregon.org or dial 2-1-1 toll-free to find the nearest Summer Meals spot. You can also text FOOD to 877-877, or COMIDA to receive information in Spanish, to get a text with all the information.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Gresham firefighter Emily Snodgrass enjoys a laugh with 7-year-old Chris Gonzales of Gresham Friday at Main City Park as part of the city of Gresham's Summer Kids in the Park opening week.

Multnomah County libraries also are offering free lunches for youth 18 and under at the Gresham, Midland and Rockwood branches.

The summer lunch program began on June 26 and will run through August 25. Youth are not required to have a library card to receive the free meal.

Lunches are available Monday through Friday, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Midland and Rockwood libraries (hot lunch) and from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Gresham (sack lunch).

OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Kids at the city of Gresham's Summer Kids in the Park program enjoy a colorful parachute Friday at Main City Park at a celebration of the opening of the summer-long program.

The summer lunches at the library is a federally-funded program run in partnership with Volunteers of America, the Gresham-Barlow School District and Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon.

Multnomah County Library also offers many free summer activities for children and teens, including a summer reading program. For more information, visit the events calendar at www.multcolib.org/events or call 503-988-5123.

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