Free Summer Meals Program

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Free Summer Meals Program
Summer meal distribution sites

The Olympia School District is distributing free grab-and-go meals this summer to students and youth, including lunch and breakfast for the following morning, at designated schools and community sites.

 

Also, thanks to a community donation, the district will distribute free reusable cloth face coverings to families who need them. The masks will be available at all school and community meal sites this summer. 


Any student, regardless of age, is eligible to pick up a meal. Youth not enrolled in school, but under 18, are also eligible to receive a meal. Students and youth will not be asked for their name, identification, enrollment status, Free and Reduced-Price meal designation or school of attendance.


Beginning on July 1 and continuing through August 28, meal distribution continues at all Olympia School District elementary schools, Olympia Regional Learning Academy (ORLA), and Jefferson Middle School. Meals will also be distributed at three community sites (see accompanying interactive map to view site locations and addresses, or view the site information below).

Free meals include lunch, and a breakfast for the next day, packed in a paper bag. Meals will be distributed at all sites from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday


Click on blue and white pinpoints to see address. Addresses are also listed below.


School Summer Meal Sites

 

  • Boston Harbor Elementary, 7300 Zangle Rd. N.E., Olympia 98506
  • Centennial Elementary, 2637 45th Ave. S.E., Olympia 98501
  • Garfield Elementary, 325 Plymouth St. N.W., Olympia 98502
  • Hansen Elementary, 1919 Road Sixty-five N.W., Olympia 98502
  • Lincoln Options Elementary, 213 21st Ave. S.E., Olympia 98501
  • LP Brown Elementary, 2000 26th Ave. N.W., Olympia 98502
  • Madison Elementary, 1225 Legion Way S.E., Olympia 98501
  • McKenny Elementary, 3250 Morse-Merryman Rd. S.E., Olympia 98501
  • McLane Elementary, 200 Delphi Rd. S.W., Olympia 98502
  • Olympia Regional Learning Academy (ORLA), 2400 15th Ave. S.E., Olympia 98501
  • Pioneer Elementary, 1655 Carlyon Ave. S.E., Olympia 98501
  • Roosevelt Elementary, 1417 San Francisco St. N.E., Olympia 98506
  • Jefferson Middle School, 2200 Conger Ave. N.W., Olympia 98502


Community Summer Meal Sites

 

  • Evergreen Villages Apartments, 505 Division St. N.W., Olympia 98502 (between Conger Avenue N.W. and Division Street N.W.).
  • Ashwood Down Apartments, 1900 Ashwood Downs Lane S.E., Olympia 98501 (off of 18th Avenue S.E. and Hoffman Road S.E.).
  • Interfaith Works (across the street from the former site, Aztec Lanes), 2828 Martin Way E., Olympia 98501. 


Some important details about meal distribution:

 

  • Federal guidelines establish that any student, regardless of age, is eligible to pick up a meal. Any youth not enrolled in school, but under 18, is also eligible to receive a meal. Students and youth will not be asked for their name, identification, enrollment status, Free and Reduced-Price meal designation or school of attendance.
  • Each student or youth can pick up a free lunch for that day, and a free breakfast for the upcoming day.
  • Meals are available for pickup in person or by driving up to the site with limited interaction with Food Services staff.
  • Elementary, middle and high school students or youth can choose to pick up a meal at any OSD elementary school, Jefferson Middle School, or one of the designated community sites. Students can visit any site on any of the days to receive a meal.
  • All meals meet USDA nutritional guidelines and are nut free. Lunch typically includes items such as a ham or turkey sandwich, a piece of fruit, raw vegetables, a bag of animal crackers and a carton of milk. Vegetarian sunbutter and jelly sandwiches will also be available.
  • Gluten-free meals are available for those who make prior arrangements with the OSD Food Services Department. If interested, email pflock@osd.wednet.edu. Please include the student's name and school where the gluten-free meal will be picked up.
  • Our Food Services staff closely follows standards for handling food safely. They will take aggressive measures to ensure proper, sanitary food handling methods.


Weekend Food Packs
Thanks to the partnership of FORkids and many associated volunteer organizations, weekend food packs will be available at all of our school and community distribution sites on Friday of each week, from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Please note: for the first week of summer, distribution will take place on Thursday July 2 (as Friday, July 3 meal distribution sites will be closed due to the 4th of July holiday). Weekend food packs will be provided on Fridays, beginning on July 10.

Thurston County Food Bank Food Package Distribution Sites
The Thurston County Food Bank will distribute food packages at the following locations, each weekday from 11:30 a.m. -  12:30 p.m., beginning on Thursday, July 2.

 

  •  Evergreen Vista Apartments, 1209 Fern Street SW, 98502 (Fern Street near Fern Ridge Place S.W.).
  •  515 Courtside St. S.W., Olympia 98502 (Courtside Street near 5th Avenue; off of Capital Mall Drive S.W.).

 

Statewide Meal Distribution Sites

The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction provides an easy way to find meal distribution sites statewide. To find a Summer Meals site near you, please use a Summer Meals Locator: Text “food” or “comida” to 877–877, or you can also find summer meal sites online.

 

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877–8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632–9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250–9410; fax: (202) 690–7442; or email USDA Program Intake.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.