Although Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) has made the difficult decision to cancel all summer programming and events, including outdoor camps, Summer Free For All and the Portland World Soccer Tournament as well as keeping community centers and outdoor pools closed, they plan to operate the Free Lunch + Play program.
In response to the 57% of young Portlanders that qualify for free or reduced-price lunches during the school year, the Free Lunch + Play program will offer nutritious lunches and safe outdoor recreation citywide June through August.
In conjunction with community partners, Meals on Wheels People, Portland Public Schools, David Douglas, Reynolds, Parkrose and Centennial School Districts, PP&R coordinates the program to ensure it meets the changing needs of the community. PP&R will follow the guidance of the Oregon Health Authority, Multnomah County Health Department and the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the program.
Updates can be found at portlandoregon.gov/parks/69873. Individuals, neighborhoods and businesses interested in becoming a sponsor can contact Kellie Torres at firstname.lastname@example.org or 971.227.0997.