Many free meal options for kids are close by
While students look forward to their summer vacation, not all have the same availability to eat regular meals like they would during the school year.
To keep all children fed, the Snohomish, Monroe and Everett school districts are holding weekday summer meal programs. Meals are free for any student aged 18 and younger with daily meals offered at sites including Snohomish High School, the Frank Wagner Center, Cascade High School and the Everett Y for students in each district.
The Snohomish School district’s summer meal program began this week and runs through Aug. 31.
Last year the Snohomish School District served 23,269 meals during their summer program, according to district spokeswoman Kristin Foley.
There has been a downward trend over the last couple of years. In 2015 there were 27,169 meals served, and in 2016 there were 26,564 meals served.
“We hope this is a good sign that more people are able to purchase food for their families,” Foley said.
Snohomish also has a Book Café rolling on Mondays and Tuesdays from June 25 to Aug. 21, giving out free books to students from a bookmobile.
The Monroe School District’s lunch program will be held June 25 through Aug. 24 from 12 to 12:45 p.m. in the Wagner Center Gym, 639 W. Main St.
The Everett School District has several locations for its summer meal program.
Last year the Everett School District served 98,517 meals, according to food nutrition supervisor Jenna Lewis.
“Last year was our biggest year ever, and we expect this year to be even bigger,” Lewis said.
Meal and book programs
The Snohomish Kids Café serves meals Mondays through Fridays:
- At Snohomish High School,1316 5th Street, with breakfast from 8:30 to 9 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- At the Snohomish Boys and Girls Club, 402 2nd Street, with breakfast from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- At the Snohomish Aquatic Center, 516 Maple Ave., with lunch from 12:30 to 12:45 p.m.
- Lunches at the Three Rivers Mobile Home Park from 11:15 to 11:30 a.m.; at Circle H Mobile Home Park from noon to 12:15 p.m.
The Snohomish Book Café visits weekly to:
- Three Rivers Mobile Park, Mondays at 11 a.m.; The Snohomish Boys and Girls Club, Mondays at noon; The Plantation Mobile Home Park, Tuesdays at 10:45 a.m.; the Snohomish Mobile Home and RV Park on Avenue D, Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m.; Circle H Mobile Home Park, Tuesdays at 11:45 a.m.; and the Snohomish Aquatic Center, Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m.
The Everett School District has numerous meal locations. A full list of times and dates is available at www.everettsd.org/Page/16156 or call 425-385-4380 for information.
Some popular spots are:
- Cascade High School, 801 E. Casino Rd, runs July 2 to Aug 10, Monday through Friday, serving breakfast from 7:15 to 7:45 a.m. and lunch from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.
- The Everett Boys and Girls Club, 2316 12th St, runs July 5 to Aug. 23, Monday through Friday, serving lunch from 11 a.m. to noon.
- The Everett YMCA, 2720 Rockefeller Ave., runs July 6 to Aug. 23, Monday through Friday, serving lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Evergreen Middle School, 7621 Beverly Lane, runs July 9 through Aug. 9, Monday through Thursday, serving breakfast from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m.and lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m.
- Grandview, 718 Linden St., runs July 9 to Aug. 9, Monday through Thursday, serving lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
- Hawthorne Elementary, 1110 Poplar St., runs July 9 to Aug. 23, Monday through Friday, serving breakfast from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. and lunch from 1 to 1:30p.m.
- Madison Elementary, 616 Pecks, runs July 9 to Aug. 9, Monday through Thursday, serving breakfast from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. and lunch from 1 to 1:30 p.m.
Countywide, you can text the word “food” or “comida” to 877-877 to get localized information on a food program near you.
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