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Kids Eat Free With Nutrition Program Over Summer

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RICHLAND, Wash.- We know that kids who are in need are able to get free meals when they go to school, but a program over the summer also gives these students a safe place to eat.

Just after school in the Tri-Cities lets out for the summer, a season long program will start up. The federally funded Summer Nutrition Services program will offer a breakfast and lunch to any kid under age 18 who needs it. Most schools and even activity centers will offer the free meals. Nutrition Services Directors we spoke with say in recent years more and more children are benefiting from the program, as its existence has become well known.

"We're seeing more and more kids in our summer programs," said Dawn Trumbull the Assistant Director of Nutrition Services in Richland Schools.  "More and more parents are bringing groups of children to the site and they're always very thankful that we're there."

The healthy free meal service over the summer is offered in all three of the Tri-Cities as well as in Yakima. The programs begin just after school is out around June 10th.