POSTED JULY 6, 2017
(Portland, OR) –
Free Lunch + Play program expects to distribute more than 110,000 free lunches to Portland youth
57% of young Portlanders qualify for free or reduced-price lunch during the school year. Without school lunches, summer becomes the time when nearly 50,000 Portland children face hunger daily. Portland Parks & Recreation’s Free Lunch + Play program supports families by offering nutritious meals and recreational activities during the summer recess.
Working alongside Comcast, the Presenting Sponsor of Summer Free For All, plus our other valued sponsors, community partners, Portland Public Schools, and David Douglas and Centennial School Districts, Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) coordinates the Free Lunch + Play program to ensure that it meets the changing needs in our community.
What: PP&R’s Summer Field Day Celebration-free and open to the public
When: Monday, July 10, 2017, 11am-12pm
Where: Mt. Scott Park, 5530 SE 72nd Avenue
Join Portland Parks & Recreation and Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz for the Summer Free For All Field Day Celebration Kickoff on Monday, July 10, 2017 11am-1pm, at Mt. Scott Park (SE 72nd Avenue and Harold Street). Special guests, including Summer Free For All Presenting Sponsor Comcast, will bring amazing activities and giveaways. Highlights include Free Lunch + Play sponsor Daimler Trucks North America’s Optimus Prime Transformers semi-truck, and trivia games and giveaways hosted by Comcast volunteers, free lunch and games, and more.
“Comcast is very pleased to be back for our second year as the presenting sponsor of the Summer Free for All program”, said Marc Farrar, Vice President of External Affairs for Comcast Oregon/SW Washington. “It’s so great to share these free evening concerts and movies with our family, friends and neighbors, making memories across Portland.”
Bank of America, Portland Public Schools, David Douglas School District, Centennial School District, and the Portland Parks Foundation are also vital partners in the Free Lunch + Play programs, part of Portland Parks & Recreation’s wildly popular Summer Free For All.
Media interviews will be available during the event, along with visuals of some of our expected 110,000 free lunches being served, Daimler Truck’s Optimus Prime Transformers semi-truck, trivia games and giveaways hosted by Comcast volunteers, live music, a kids’ open mic and talent show, and giant check presentations from sponsors. Portland Parks & Recreation summer campers, partners, and neighbors will be on hand to enjoy lunch, games and family fun.
“Our ongoing commitment to the Summer Free For All program is important to us since it’s addressing the basic needs of local kids and families,” said Monique Barton, Bank of America’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility. “Coming together as a community to fight hunger and effectively address summer food insecurity among school-age children is a very worthy cause, and one we are proud to be a part of.”
Free Lunch + Play programs are offered from June 20 to August 25, 2017 Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.
Free lunch is offered at all Free Lunch + Play sites, plus sports, games, and arts and crafts.
“More than half of Portland’s school children qualify for free or reduced priced lunches,” notes Portland Parks Commissioner Fritz. “And the Summer Free For All makes a real impact on families. Thanks to our partners, PP&R will serve more than 110,000 lunches at various sites this summer. Our sponsors’ commitment to the Summer Free For All shows their passion for making our community better and helps deliver dozens of free outdoor movies, concerts, and playground lunch programs to Portlanders.”
PP&R and its partners are constantly innovating. Our Mobile Playgrounds program brings free lunch and recreation to children at apartment complexes in neighborhoods where parks and playgrounds don’t exist. And in 2017, for the first time, Mobile Playgrounds programs offer free lunches, in addition to games and fun.
To better serve Portland’s diverse community, PP&R again offers the Summer Free For All schedule in nine different languages: Arabic, Burmese, English, simplified Chinese, Nepalese, Russian, Spanish, Somalian and Vietnamese.
“Our mission is ‘Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland’,” says Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté. “The Summer Free For All is a wonderful way many people first engage with Portland Parks & Recreation programs. Partners like Comcast, Bank of America, the Portland Parks Foundation and local school districts help make these connections possible by continuing to invest in Summer Free For All. This support leads to a lifetime of healthier, happier people of all ages, as well as a united community.”
Summer Free For All programming consists of a broad portfolio of culturally diverse music, movies, and recreation programs. Through the Free Lunch + Play program, PP&R expects to serve more than 110,000 free, healthy lunches to children in parks across the city. 57% of young Portlanders qualify for free or reduced-price lunch during the school year. Portland Parks & Recreation supports families by offering nutritious meals and recreational activities during the summer recess. The Free Lunch + Play program is accompanied by sports, games, crafts and family activities.
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