• School meals will be available beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 8, for all children between one-year-old and 18-years-old. 

    During Comprehensive Distance Learning, the US Department of Agriculture has extended waivers for HRCSD to continue serving meals through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which means HRCSD will provide meals for all children between one-year-old and 18-years-old. Families will not be responsible for paying for school meals between September 8 and December 31 (or when HRCSD reopens school buildings for students to attend in-person). Children do NOT need to be enrolled with HRCSD in order to receive school meals. 

    Children are eligible for one breakfast and one lunch per day. Children and/or their families may pick up their meals every morning at the closest bus stop to their house. Alternatively, they may go to a neighborhood school (Cascade Locks Elementary School, May Street Elementary School, Mid-Valley Elementary School, Parkdale Elementary School, Westside Elementary School, Wy’east Middle School, or Hood River Valley High School) between 11am and 12:30pm each day to pick up their school meals. Children enrolled at Hood River Middle School or Hood River Options Academy may go to the school closest to their house for meal pick-up. 

    HRCSD asks that families are flexible with the bus stop meal delivery, particularly at the beginning of the school year. Bus stop times may be variable because the schedule depends on the number of children who are picking up meals at each bus stop. Children and/or families should  arrive at the bus stop before the scheduled time of arrival and wait until the bus arrives. The bus will not leave before the scheduled time it is supposed to arrive. Children and/or families may review the bus stop delivery schedule on the HRCSD website. Finally, it is important for families to know that only the child and/or their parent/guardian/sibling may pick up meals at the bus stop. 

    Families who plan to pick-up meals (either at a bus stop or at a school) should complete a meal application at their earliest convenience. Families do not need to complete a meal application in order for their children to receive school meals; however, it would be helpful for families to complete the meal application for the future when the SFSP expires. The information in these applications will help the school district identify other meal programs to support children throughout the school year. 

    Please contact Nutrition Services Director Heidi Benson if you have any questions, (email address) or (541) 387- 5011 (office phone).

    Our priority is that every child is nourished and ready to learn. Diet has a direct and lasting impact on our students' physical and mental health, and our healthy meals are an opportunity to enhance their academic success. We spend time each week to ensure our menus meet the dietary guidelines. Please contact the director if you have questions or ideas for improvement. You are always welcome to join your child for a meal at school.