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Summer Lunch Programs In The Tri-Cities Help Reduce Stress For Parents

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RICHLAND, Wash.-- School may be out for the summer, but lunch time is not. Many Richland students are already taking advantage of a free summer lunch program.

Mary Eggebraten with Rich land schools says the district hasn't had this program for the past two years, but they had to bring it back.

"We were just required this year, because we have summer school kids that have 50% or higher population with free and reduced," said Mary Eggebraten, the Food Services Director for the Richland School District.

Richland school district's program kicked off on June 16th, with two locations. One at Jefferson Elementary and another one at Jason Lee Elementary. Kids ages 1 to 18 are welcomed.

"For many kids those may be some of the few hot meals they get," said Eggebraten.

And with today's economy this program is also giving many parents a break.

"For many with the increase in food cost, it's a huge benefit not to have to worry about those meals," said Eggebraten.

Every student in the district is eligible for this federally funded program. Breakfast and lunch is served Monday through Thursday.

"Feeding four kids lunch, you know, it can get pretty spendy, but this way it's free and they're excited about coming to school," said Kara Lane, a mother using the program.

"Our schedule in the summer is chaotic, I don't focus enough on it so it's good for there because they're getting a healthy lunch," said Brandi Sallee, another mother using the program.

Richland's lunch program will go on until July 17th. Kennewick and Pasco schools start their programs this coming Monday June 23rd.

*Richland School District Summer Lunch Program_ Monday - Thursday:

-Jefferon Elementary_ Breakfast 8:30a.m.- 9:00a.m., Lunch 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

-Jason Lee Elementary_ Breakfast 8:30a.m.- 9:00a.m., Lunch 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

*Kennewick School District Summer Lunch Program:

-Eastgate Elementary School - Monday - Thursday _ June 23rd - July 24th

Breakfast 8:00 - 8:30 a.m., Lunch 11:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

-Edison Elementary School - Monday - Thursday _ June 23rd - July 24th

Breakfast 8:00 - 8:30 a.m., Lunch 11:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

-Vista Elementary School - Monday - Thursday _ June 23rd - July 24th

Breakfast 8:00 - 8:30 a.m., Lunch 11:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

-Westgate Elementary School - Monday - Thursday _ June 23rd - July 24th

Breakfast 8:00 - 8:30 a.m., Lunch 11:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

-Highlands Middle School - Monday - Friday _ June 23rd - August 5th

Breakfast 7:30 - 8:15 a.m., Lunch 11:00 a.m. -11:45 p.m.

-Park Middle School - Monday - Thursday _ June 23rd - July 24th

Breakfast 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., Lunch 12:00 p.m. -12:30 p.m.

-Keewaydin Park - Monday - Friday _ June 19th - August 15th

Breakfast 8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., Lunch 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. 

-Kennewick High School - Monday - Friday _ August 11th - August 15th

Breakfast 7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m., Lunch 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

*Pasco School District Summer Lunch Program:

-Emerson Elementary - Lunch 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

-Stevens Middle School - Lunch 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

-Pasco High School - Lunch 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

-Ochoa Middle School - Lunch 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

-McLoughlin Middle School - Lunch 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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