Yakima, WASH--As many as 98-percent of students in some Yakima schools qualify for free lunches. In some cases, that lunch is the only meal they can count on during the day. Thanks to a USDA program, they can count on that lunch year round.
The program allows sites to provide summer lunches to kids in Yakima whether or not they are in summer school or part of a summer program.
Even at schools like Wilson Middle School that most people don't associate with low incomes almost seventy-percent of the students qualify for free lunch during the school year.
But the summer lunch program is not based on family income. Every single person between the ages of one and eighteen can show up at a site and get lunch.
Emily bush will start ninth grade at Ike in the fall. She doesn't qualify for free lunches during the school year. But the free summer lunches could save her family about $100. The Bush family is not living below the poverty line but that doesn't mean they couldn't find a good use for the extra money.
"My sister's in college so they can use that for some of her college or we can get more groceries, gas, clothes", says Bush.
The school district's goal is to offer free lunch to all students year round. But for now, visit the school district's website for how you can take advantage of free lunches.