The Summer Feeding Program, part of a national initiative by the USDA, offers free meals for students who don’t have access to good nutrition at home. A number of districts offer the lunches, which are available both at select schools and drop-off locations around the area.
But unlike other districts, Phoenix-Talent is reaching out directly in an effort to reach more students who don’t have access to meals at home.
“It’s a super active time of year, they’re outside, they’re playing more,” said Lindsay Taylor, a Food Service Manager with Sodexo and Dietician for Medford, Phoenix / Talent, and Eagle Point schools. “There’s just that gap between June and September when school starts back up where kids may not be getting the calories, the food, the energy they need to keep them healthy.”
The program is available to any kids kindergarten age through 18, regardless of whether they’re even students. It’s paid for through state funds made available by the USDA.