(Updated May 15, 2020)
For many people, COVID-19 comes with worries about how to put food on the table. See the following list of resources and information to help access food.
Local, State and Federal Resources
Families Eligible for Financial Support to Replace Meals Children Usually Get at School
The Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Oregon Department of Education announced that children eligible for free or reduced-price meals will get cash benefits for the meals they would have received at school. Households will receive $5.70 per child for each normal school day for the months of March, April, May and June. This is the equivalent of one lunch and one breakfast, and totals $384 per child. Families who have experienced significant income loss may now be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Apply online or contact your local school.
The Department of Human Services has developed a new website to help connect Oregonians with:
- Local school meal programs
- Food banks and pantries
- Meals for older community members
- Applications for food assistance programs
FOOD for Lane County
FFLC is part of Lane County’s Emergency Plan, playing a key role in making sure food is distributed where and when it is needed most. FFLC works with staff, volunteers and partner agencies to help respond to the needs of vulnerable community members, as always, and especially in this sensitive time.
- Mobile Pantry
FOOD for Lane County’s Mobile Pantry offers free food for low-income community members. Four Mobile Pantries are available during the COVID-19 crisis. People who are unable to leave their homes for groceries can send a proxy to a pantry to pick up food on their behalf.
- The Dining Room
Located at 270 W. 8th Avenue in Eugene, the Dining Room will serve to-go meals Monday through Thursday at no cost between 12-3 p.m. (or until food runs out) instead of seating guests inside.
- School Meals
See a list of locations in Lane County where school meals are available.
- Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon
See their list of resources and information to help you learn How to Find Food in a Pandemic.
- Extra SNAP (food stamp) Benefits
The Oregon Department of Human Services is issuing emergency extra SNAP benefits to many SNAP households to help buy food during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn about eligibility.
- Support for Senior Citizens
Seniors can access Meals on Wheels service and delivery of Senior Grocery.
- Support Veterans and Their Families
The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs has developed a new online tool to help guide veterans and their families. The Veteran Resource Navigator tool includes resources that are organized by topic, including Economic, Health, Education, Housing and Food, and other resources. Veterans can also access additional assistance by calling an ODVA Veteran Resource Navigator at 800-692-9666.
Restaurants Offering Take Out and Delivery
The Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce has a list of restaurants that are offering take-out food services.
Businesses can request the designation of 1-2 parking spots in front of their location to provide a dedicated free parking spot for carry-out customers and/or delivery companies. To request this free service please email firstname.lastname@example.org. See a map of the businesses that are using this service.
Special Shopping Hours
Eugene area grocery stores have established special shopping hours reserved exclusively for older people and those with compromised immune systems. Shoppers should continue to practice physical distancing and public health-recommended hygiene practices.
- A Complete List of Grocery Stores with Senior Shopping Hours During the COVID-19 Outbreak (Good Housekeeping, April 14, 2020)
- List of Grocery Stores with Special Hours for Seniors, the At-Risk, and Pregnant Women (fact-checking website Snopes.com)
- Greenhill’s Pet Food Bank
Greenhill Humane Society has a food bank for pets. If you need financial support to feed your pet, call 541-689-1503.