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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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- Lunch + Play Partner Pledge Form

Summer Free For All Free (SFFA) builds community through free, inclusive, and family-friendly activities that celebrate Portland’s diverse cultures and local artists.


What We Do

Summer Free For All collaborates with community partners, all five local school districts, and food security organizations to serve 100,000 free lunches to youth in parks across the city each summer. The Free Lunch + Play program provides summer meals and drop-in outdoor activities at 27 neighborhood parks citywide, while the Mobile Lunch + Play program takes summer meals and recreation to apartment complexes and under-developed parks in east Portland. We partner with local non-profits and cultural organizations to provide additional programming, diverse play opportunities, and excitement for Portland’s youth.

The following is provided by Portland Parks & Recreation for Summer Free For All Free Lunch + Play programs:

  • Existing robust programming that brings hundreds of kids together each day
  • Onsite Summer Playgrounds Counselors
  • Program and special event coordination, set up, implementation, and clean up
  • Recreation, sports, arts & crafts, and other activity supplies
  • Handwashing stations
  • Free lunches for youth aged 1-18
  • Park permits
  • Portable restrooms
  • Program banners and other signage
  • Marketing in the Summer Free For All Guide – in print and online in multiple languages
  • Community engagement and outreach

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What You Do

Program partners find mission alignment with Summer Free For All and provide programming that celebrates and reflects the diversity of Portland and the youth we serve.  Partners deliver consistent, ongoing programming. Some partners choose to dig deep in one neighborhood park, while other partners offer programming for a whole region of the city. Partners create an inclusive, welcoming environment for all participating youth through diverse staffing, materials provided in multiple languages, and multicultural activities.

Program partners provide programming in the following areas:

  • Food Security
  • Arts & Culture
  • Recreation
  • Literacy/Education

Examples of previous partnerships include:

  • Free food market for families
  • Arts activities for Black & Brown youth provided by Black & Brown artists
  • Afro-Brazilian music and dance lessons
  • Mini music lessons and instrument petting zoo
  • Free sports clinics – soccer, basketball and golf
  • Bilingual book readings

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Partnership Application and Timelines

Free Lunch + Play programs operate Monday-Friday from 11am-3pm during the months of June, July, and August. Mobile Lunch + Play programs operate Monday-Friday from 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. The most successful programming takes place during or directly following the lunch hour.   

  • Complete the online Program Partner Pledge Form. Once we have received and reviewed applications, Jamison will contact your organization to coordinate special event activities.
  • We will finalize the Free Lunch + Play Partner Special Events schedule by Friday, May 1, 2020.

If you need assistance completing the online application, please contact Jamison Holtz at 503-964-1240 or jamison.holtz@portlandoregon.gov.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I collect tips or sell promotional items at program sites?
We do not allow our partners to sell or collect tips at programs. SFFA Lunch + Play programs are 100% free for the community.

Can my organization/group get paid for providing special events at Lunch + Play programs?
Summer Free For All cannot offer a stipend to program partners but encourage partners to seek out grant opportunities. Program partners offer their time, supplies, and programming as an in-kind donation.

How do I or my organization donate money to Lunch + Play programs?
Please click HERE to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

Can my neighborhood offer a Free Lunch + Play program?
Free summer meals can only be provided in areas where 50% or more of the local school-aged children are eligible for free and reduced lunches. Additionally, we focus on providing Free Lunch + Play programs in areas where other summer meals providers aren’t providing service in the summertime. Please contact our Free Lunch + Play Coordinator at Jamison.Holtz@portlandoregon.gov to check for neighborhood qualifications.

When do the programs operate?
Lunch + Play programs vary year to year based on local school district schedules. Our hope is to provide meal service programs as well as recreation and arts & craft opportunities for many neighborhoods throughout Portland as soon as school districts take summer break.

When do Free Lunch + Play programs begin and end?
Programs typically begin the second week of June when school districts go on summer break and end when school begins in late August/early September.

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