Resources and Opportunities for Families in Need

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Save money on school meals, athletics, enrichment activities and more

In these tough economic times, many families are finding their finances tighter than ever. Many resources are available to help.  


Free or reduced-price school meals

More than 40 percent of 4J students qualify for free or reduced-price school meals. You qualify if your household income is at or below the federal guidelines, or if your family receives food stamps, TANF, or FDPIR—even if your situation is short-term, such as a temporary layoff. The program is confidential, easy, and good for both your budget and your child's school.

Sometimes families hesitate to apply for the school meal program because they don’t want to strain their school’s resources. Not to worry! The school district receives federal reimbursement for free and reduced-price meals, and individual schools can receive additional federal funding based on how many students qualify for the program. If you fill out a form and qualify, you are helping both your family and your school.

To learn more and apply online, go to  


Other ways to save 

The benefits go beyond savings on school meals. Here are just a few of the opportunities available to students and families who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals.

Reduced sports fees: Students who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals also qualify for fee reductions of up to 80 percent on 4J athletics fees. Other youth sports organizations that offer reduced registration fees include Kidsports and Eugene Metro Fútbol Club.

Enrichment activities and summer camp scholarships: Your student can qualify for fee reductions of up to 80 percent of 4J after-school activity fees, up to 75 percent of City of Eugene youth recreation program fees for students who live within the city limits, and up to 50 percent of River Road Parks and Recreation District program fees for students who live in that district. Other youth enrichment activities that offer reduced fees include Nearby Nature, the University of Oregon youth enrichment and gifted program, and many others.

Low-cost Internet access and computer: Comcast Internet Essentials offers high-speed Internet service for $9.95 a month plus tax to households in which at least one child qualifies for the school meal program. Families also can buy a computer when they first enroll for a low price. To learn more, visit or call toll-free 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376).

Free or low-cost healthcare coverage: Oregon Healthy Kids provides no-cost, low-cost and full-cost health coverage options for uninsured Oregon children and teens up to 19 years of age. Coverage lasts for one full year and covers all health needs, including doctor visits, dental care, vision, mental or behavioral health services, prescriptions, and more. Children will not be turned away due to pre-existing conditions or be put on a waiting list. You do not need to qualify for free or reduced-price school meals to qualify. Cost is based on family income. For example, a family of four may qualify for the no-cost option with income up to $46,300 per year and for the low-cost option with income up to $69,380 per year. To learn more, visit or call toll-free 1-877-314-5678.

Free bus passes for high school students: 4J provides free Lane Transit District bus passes to high school students who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals, live more than 1.5 miles from their school and do not receive school bus transportation. To learn more, contact the finance clerk at your high school.

Aid for college-bound students: Students who qualify for the school meal program can receive a fee reduction or waiver for SAT, ACT, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests. They also can receive free additional score reports for some tests and can request a waiver or deferral of application fees at many colleges. Talk to your high school counselor to learn more.


Find other resources

More resources are available for families in need! To find other support programs, visit or call 211 or 1-800-SAFENET.