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May 11, 2017

Free school meals program expanding to more Kennewick schools

A program that provides school meals at no cost to families at a few Kennewick schools is expanding to more schools for the 2017-18 school year.

Students at the following schools will receive free breakfasts and lunches under the Community Eligibility Provision. The provision allows all students at a school to receive free meals with the aid of federal funds. 

  • Amistad Elementary
  • Canyon View Elementary
  • Eastgate Elementary
  • Edison Elementary
  • Hawthorne Elementary
  • Vista Elementary
  • Washington Elementary 
  • Westgate Elementary
  • Highlands Middle School
  • Park Middle School 

A district may serve every student at a school free meals under the Community Eligibility Provision as long as at least 40 percent of that school’s enrollment already meet qualifying conditions for state or federal services.

The schools selected for the initial pilot and the program’s expansion have student populations that guarantee the most federal support for the covered meals while still reaching more kids who don’t currently receive services.

Nutrition Services Director Sam Shick says the pilot program led to more meals being served to students at all the pilot schools during the 2016-17 school year and the additional federal reimbursement covered the expenses.

School staff have reported lunch periods run more smoothly as students no longer worry about bringing cash or making sure their lunch accounts have funds.