Lane County Youth Services hosting free community holiday meal on Dec. 13

Lane County Youth Services hosting free community holiday meal on Dec. 13
Posted on 12/07/2023

Celebrate the holidays with Lane County Youth Services! Students in the Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Education Center Culinary Arts Program will prepare and share a free holiday meal with the community. 


“Our students have been looking forward to the holiday meal for months now,” said Program Supervisor Matthew Sterner. “It’s an opportunity for them to showcase the skills they’ve worked hard to develop and to use those skills to give back to their community. It’s a great event that brings together so many different people to share a meal and a little holiday cheer.”


The meal will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13, in the Lane County Youth Services Carmichael Room (2727 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Eugene). 


The meal is free and open to everyone. It also includes a free raffle for prizes and free food boxes to take home.


No reservation is required. 


About the MLK Education Center


The Martin Luther King, Jr. Education Center serves middle and high school students who have an active case with Lane County Youth Services. This program is a collaboration between Youth Services and the Lane Education Service District (Lane ESD). In addition to academics, the MLK Education Center provides vocational opportunities, including in the culinary arts. The Culinary Arts Program offers youth the opportunity to learn different jobs involved in food service and catering. Students gain skills and learn to safely use the equipment in an institutional and commercial kitchen that prepares meals for youth in detention, a residential treatment program, and more. Students may participate in all aspects of catering including preparing foods, serving, customer service, etc.