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.
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).
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.