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All children are eligible for free breakfast and lunch through the Summer Food Service Program

 - Summer Food Service Program head cook Susan Antekeier, left, and cook's helper Jenny Keyte add food to a paper bag at the Bridges High School meal site. The Jefferson County School District provides free breakfast and lunch to children ages 1 to 18 throughout the summer.

School is out for the summer, but the Jefferson County School District 509-J Food Services staff members are working just as hard, preparing and handing out free breakfasts and lunches to kids through the Summer Food Service Program.

The district began providing the free summer meals Monday morning, June 14 at various locations and will continue to serve meals through the summer.

"Summer meals help families with food cost, and they provide healthy meals to growing youth," said school district Food Service Supervisor Patti Jobe. "It's important to me that no child goes hungry."

Meals are served free of charge to all children ages 1 to 18 years old. Children do not have to live in Jefferson County to participate in the local Summer Food Service Program. Breakfast and lunch are served together to each child.

Brown paper bags contain items such as milk, yogurt, muffins, juice and granola bars for breakfast. Kids will also get lunch items in their bag that may require heating, such as chicken sandwiches, cheeseburgers, barbecue pork sandwiches and fajitas. They will also get things like fruits and vegetables, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and banana bread.

Jobe said the menu items are whole-grain rich, low-fat and nutritious.

School district staff members are stationed at multiple locations in the Madras and Warm Springs area each morning Monday through Friday. They will serve the bags as grab-and-go or as drive-thru. Children must be present to receive the meals. If the child is not present, a parent or guardian may pick up meals with a signed document that is provided.

The United States Department of Agriculture funds the Summer Food Service Program.

A list of meal sites is available on the Jefferson County School District website. Menus are available upon request at each site.

The current meal site schedule will continue through July 30. No meals will be served Monday, July 5 in observance of Independence Day. An updated schedule with new locations and times will be announced at a later date to accommodate the school district's Summer Acceleration Programs, which begin Aug. 2. Meals will be served through Aug. 20.

Summer Food Service Program

A schedule of meal pick-up times and locations is available on the Jefferson County School District 509-J website:

For more information, call the Food Services Supervisor Office, 541-475-0339.

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