3 Spokane schools testing free lunch pilot program

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by FRANCES WANG & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on September 5, 2014 at 5:44 AM

Updated Saturday, Sep 6 at 10:13 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Students at Grant, Holmes, and Stevens Elementary will get free school lunches for the 2014/2015 school year thanks to a federal act going into effect.

The test program doesn't require applications or reduced-meal forms which are typically necessary for such programs. The pilot program only asks parents at those three schools to fill out a one page form on poverty and family income data. If parents fill out the form, schools will continue getting state and federal funding for other programs.

However, if the form isn't filled out, schools could lose that funding and the free meal program could be cut. The Director of Nutrition Services said he just wants a win-win for everyone.

"We're really excited about that because we know that'd remove some barriers, feed kids, and make it so they could go get a meal and go off and learn and not worry about money." said Doug Wordell.

The program could spread to as many as 23 schools if local parents provide the necessary poverty and income data.

 

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