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Oregon Child Nutrition Programs COVID-19 Response and Resources

This page contains the most recent information and resources available on how the 2019 Novel Coronavirus is affecting Child Nutrition Programs in Oregon.  

"There are no words that can truly express my appreciation for all Child Nutrition Program Sponsors and your dedicated staff.  You have dropped everything, pivoted and focused primarily on ensuring Oregonians have access to meals.  You have done so with grace while under extreme stress.  It has been one of the greatest pleasures of my career to watch you work.   Social media is flooded with the humanity of those that are putting others first.  And you all are responsible for that." - Dustin Melton, Oregon Child Nutrition Programs Director

Please visit the Oregon Department of Education's (ODE) main COVID-19 resources page to find information about starting the 2020-21 school year, distance learning, mental health & social support, serving all students, tools you can use, and essential links.

The COVID-19 Food Resources page catalogs and links to each district's webpage with information about how they are feeding kids during school closure.

Below are your contacts if you have not yet submitted an SFSP or SSO application or want more information:

For questions related to USDA Foods, you can contact the following staff directly:

​GENYOUth, up to $3,000 for COVID-19 Emergency School Nutrition Equipment per School

GENYOUth is providing grants of up to $3,000 per school to supply much-needed resources for meal distribution and delivery efforts to get food to students during COVID-19. From soft-sided coolers, bags, and containers for individual servings, to protective gear for food service sanitation and safety, this equipment will help ensure our children continue to receive the nutritious meals they need. Superintendents, Principals, Nutrition Directors, and Managers can complete the application. The funds are awarded on a rolling basis, so apply quickly. Look for the application PDF on the landing page to help you gather the information needed. Once you start the application, you will not be able to save it. If you have questions, please contact Crista ( ) or Erin ( )

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon Emergency Support Find, up to $5,000 for School and Community Organizations

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon is pleased to announce that the Summer Meals Support Fund (SMSF) will now be transitioning immediately to become the Emergency Support Fund: for School and Summer Meals.  Beginning Monday, April 6th, Hunger-Free Oregon will be providing emergency funds up to $5,000 on a rolling basis to school and community-based sponsors providing meals during school closures. We have simplified the application process significantly to respond to the unique situation many schools and community-based sponsors are in to fill the need for meals during school closures. 

If you have already submitted SMSF applications. After disbursing emergency grants, this grant will still provide funding to Summer Meal sponsors (for the official summer season) and will begin reviewing those applications on May 1st. Alternatively, you may also switch your application from SMSF to the Emergency Support Fund if you are providing meals to students now. Simply submit a brief update to your SMSF application sharing how you would use the funds in this new context.

In addition, Oregon’s Summer Meals map is now active and will be able to show families where to access meal sites during the closures: 


In order for a student to be eligible for P-EBT benefits, they must be enrolled in a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and receive meals at no cost or at a reduced price. Please see the list of schools that participate in NSLP

The school must report student data to the Department of Education for students to receive the P-EBT benefit. Please see the status list ​of school data reporting.

The school data reporting list will be periodically updated.

Update – Some students whose families are currently receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) have begun receiving their P-PEBT benefits. The Oregon Department of Education, Child Nutrition Programs is working diligently with Schools and the Department of Human Services (DHS) to collect and process student data. P-EBT benefits will continue to be issued to eligible students throughout the months of June, July and August. Please visit the DHS website for more information or contact DHS directly for benefit issuance questions. DHS can be reached by calling (503) 945-6481 or by emailing

About P-EBT

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, has provided additional funding available to families whose children would receive free or reduced price meals under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act if not for the COVID-19 school closures.

On May 5, 2020, the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) announced that more than 351,000 students receiving free meals from Oregon schools will receive additional food benefits for groceries during the school closure.

Households will receive food benefits equivalent to the cost of one lunch and one breakfast for each eligible student – $5.70 per normal school day for the months of March, April, May, and June.

Beginning in June, these additional benefits will be automatically deposited for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households to their existing Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) accounts on their regular issuance date. Benefits are sent out from the 1st to the 9th of the month, based on the last digit of your SSN.

Students who receive free school meals but do not receive SNAP benefits will automatically receive an Oregon Trail Card in the mail in the months of June and July. Parents do not need to apply if their children are part of a school where all students receive free meals.

Families whose children attend participating schools and have experienced significant income loss may have become eligible for free school meals, and there is still time to apply for free or reduced price meal benefits.

Parent and Guardian P-EBT Information and Resources

School Administrator P-EBT Information and Resources

In order for eligible students to receive the P-EBT benefit, schools and school districts must submit student information to The Oregon Department of Education as per the data request sent on May 5, 2020.


Meal Service
​Oregon Healthy Schools Activity Calendar
Food Safety Resources
Social Distancing

Point of Service Tips

  • Serve meals outdoors. If not possible, serve meals at the entrance of the building.
  • Use traffic cones or tape to space people 6-feet apart.
  • Arrange separate tables or carts for food staging and food pickup. Space them more than 6-feet apart
  • Transfer only enough meals for one family to the pick-up station.
  • For drive-thru meals, use a cart or a tray to pass meals to families. Practice no contact hand-off.​

​Success Stories

​Let's show the nation how Oregon's Child Nutrition Programs are rising to meet the need of feeding children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Share your District or Organizations' success stories with us by emailing ODE CNP at ODE Nutrition Programs

Don't forget to Follow ODE on Twitter @ORDeptEd

USDA Foods (direct delivery, finished end products, and DoD Fresh Fruits & Vegetables) can be used in your feeding operations regardless of Child Nutrition Program being offered. 

ODE has compiled a tips, guidance and considerations​ document​ to assist you with school year 2020-21.

Existing USDA Foods inventories can and should be utilized in your feeding operations. Many food distributors are reporting shortages of grab n go type food items. It may be more feasible to order in bulk and re-package. Re-packaging could be in baggies, pc cups, paper/plastic bags, etc. Hot f​oods may be packaged and served in grab n go situations. It is important to have instructions telling families that these items should be consumed within 2 hours or refrigerated to 41 degrees or below and then re-heated to 165 degrees when ready for consumption. ​

ODE has compiled a list of Grab-N-Go end products from USDA Foods processors. Existing USDA Foods inventory balances can be used while saving the school money during the COVID-19 crisis: List of available Grab-N-Go end products

USDA Foods can be given to other sponsors or donated to the Oregon Food Bank/local food bank if the sponsor is unable to utilize. Many USDA Foods have extended shelf life, please keep this in mind before sharing or donating.

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