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Corvallis and Philomath are both summer food program sites. Lunch is served for local children and teens under 18 years at the library every day. Once a week a summer reading activity or event is scheduled immediately after lunch to engage the children and teens most at risk for summer learning loss. Libraries must apply and be approved to become summer food sites. Summer foods sites will only be opened in communities that the USDA considers high need.
Hermiston partners with local agencies that already serve at-risk children and teens in a variety of ways. The library is a summer food site during the summer, and meals are served at noon in the library meeting room. This brings families into the library who may never visit otherwise. In addition, library staff have established a strong partnership with local public housing facilities and visit three of them at a regularly scheduled time. Library staff present storytimes and summer reading activities in the community rooms at the facilities. The largest of these is also a summer food site, and library outreach is scheduled in conjunction with meal time. To learn more about Oregon’s Summer Food Services Program visit their website.