The Trail Blazers and Blaze the Trail Cat joined Governor Kitzhaber and hundreds of kids last Wednesday at McCoy park in north Portland to help Portland Parks & Recreation tip-off the Summer Free For All and Summer Meal programs.
The Free For All is comprised of a series of free concerts, movies, rock climbing walls, bouncy houses and swims hosted at various Portland parks. And while an extremely cool initiative to keep children entertained and active throughout the summer, it’s the partnering Summer Meal Program that deserves the most attention.
The meal program provides free and healthy meals to children at various Portland parks throughout the summer break. In partnership with the state millions of meals will be served this year.
“Last year 2.1 million meals were served to kids around the state. That is a 14 percent increase from the year before, but unfortunately too many of our kids are still falling through the cracks and are still going hungry,” Hayes said. “The Summer Free For All and Summer Meal Program’s efforts will help to change that and I’m really honored to be able to support this program and to support Partners For A Hunger-Free Oregon who work to raise funds to make programs like this available all across the state.
“Summers are a really important time for keeping our kids active and healthy and well-fed so that when they do go back to school in the fall they’re ready to learn.”
Included in the tip-off celebration was the first of a series seven free Nike Hoops Clinics hosted by the Trail Blazers.
For more information and locations of the Summer Free For All and Summer Meal programs visit portlandparks.org
Enjoy a photo gallery
of the fun-filled afternoon at McCoy park.