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School districts offer free summer meals to students

To combat the issue of childhood hunger during the summer, several school districts, including Hermiston, Pasco, Kennewick and Richland, are offering summer food service programs.

Summer vacation is here for many school districts, but it's not just lockers and classrooms sitting empty. It's also student's stomachs.

To combat the issue, several school districts, including Hermiston, Pasco, Kennewick and Richland, are offering summer food service programs.

The programs come at a critical time.

Hermiston High School’s head cashier Linda Denton says when school lets out for the summer, many families struggle to feed their children.

"Summer can put such a strain on the budget because you're used to your kids eating here,” she says.

The program allows kids 18 years and younger to eat breakfast and lunch without paying.

Chartwells Schools Dining Services district manager John Maupin says they expect to feed about 400 students each day in the program at Hermiston, including walk-ins.

He says compared to their normal numbers during the school year, the program is underutilized, ”but for the kids that are utilizing it, it's critical for them to have that available to them."

For student Jonnathan Mosqueda, the program has come in handy when he’s been unable to get lunch money from his mom.

“I can just come here and eat here and it’s fine and gets me through the day,” he says.

For Denton, whose been with HSD for almost two decades, making sure kids receive needed meals means a job well done: “I think that anytime you’re feeding people’s kids, you’re helping the community.”

Meal service is offered at these locations:

Hermiston

Hermiston High School, 600 S. 1st St.

  • June 11 – 22
  • Breakfast (7:30 – 8:30 A.M.) and Lunch (Noon to 1 P.M.)

Armand Larive Middle School, 1497 SW 9th Street

  • June 11- 22
  • Breakfast (7:30 – 8:30 A.M.) and Lunch (11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.)

Sunset Elemantary, 300 E. Catherine Ave

  • June 12 - 29
  • Breakfast (7:30 – 8:30 A.M.) and Lunch (11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.)

Kennewick:

Amistad Elementary School, 930 W. 4th Ave.

  • Monday - Friday between June 28 and July 27
  • Breakfast (8 - 8:30 AM) and Lunch (11 - 11:45 AM)

Canyon View Elementary School, 1229 W. 22nd Pl.

  • Monday - Friday between June 28 and July 27
  • Breakfast (8 - 8:30 AM) and Lunch (11:15 AM - Noon)

Cascade Elementary School, 505 S. Highland Dr.

  • Monday - Friday between June 28 and July 27
  • Breakfast (8 - 8:30 AM) and Lunch (11:25 - 11:55 AM)

Eastgate Elementary School, 910 E. 10th Ave.

  • Monday - Friday between June 28 and July 27
  • Breakfast (8 - 8:30 AM) and Lunch (10:45 - 11:30 AM)

Edison Elementary School, 201 S. Dawes St.

  • Monday - Friday between June 28 and July 27
  • Breakfast (8 - 8:30 AM) and Lunch (11 - 11:45 AM)

Hawthorne Elementary School, 3520 W. John Day Ave.

  • Monday - Friday between June 28 and July 27
  • Breakfast (8 - 8:30 AM) and Lunch (11 - 11:45 AM)

Lincoln Elementary School, 4901 W. 20th Ave.

  • Monday - Friday between June 19 and August 18
  • Breakfast (8 - 8:30 AM) and Lunch (11:30 AM - Noon)

Southgate Elementary School, 3121 W. 19th Ave.

  • Monday - Friday between June 28 and July 27
  • Breakfast (8 - 8:35 AM) and Lunch (11:15 AM - Noon)

Vista Elementary School, 1701 N. Young St.

  • Monday - Friday between June 19 and Aug 18
  • Breakfast (8 - 8:30 AM) and Lunch (11 AM - Noon)

Washington Elementary School, W. 105 W. 21st Ave.

  • Monday - Friday between June 19 and Aug. 18
  • Breakfast (8 - 8:30 AM) and Lunch (11:15 AM - Noon)

Highlands Middle School, 425 S. Tweedt St.

  • Monday - Friday between June 28 and July 27
  • Breakfast (8 - 8:30 AM) and Lunch (11:30 AM - 12:15 PM)

Park Middle School, 1011 W. 10th Ave.

  • Monday - Friday between June 28 and July 27
  • Breakfast (8 - 8:30 AM) and Lunch (11:30 AM -12:15 PM)

Kennewick High School, 500 S. Dayton St.

  • Monday - Friday between June 19 and Aug. 18
  • Lunch (11:30 AM - 12:15 PM)

Tri-Tech Skills Center, 5929 W. Metaline Ave.

  • Monday - Friday between June 19 and July 7
  • Breakfast (7:15 - 7:45 AM) and Lunch (11:15 - 11:45 AM)

Pasco

New Horizons High School, 2020 W. Argent Road

  • June 18-July 6
  • Breakfast: (7:30-8 AM) and Lunch (11:30 AM-12 PM)

Angelou Elementary School, 6601 N. Road 84

  • June 14-Aug. 10,
  • Breakfast (8:30-9 AM) and Lunch (11:30 AM-12 PM)

Curie STEM Elementary School, 715 California Avenue

  • June 18-July 3,
  • 7:40-8 AM
  • 11:00-11:45 AM (Monday-Thursday)

Memorial Park, 1520 Shoshone Street (prep will be at Pasco High School)

  • June 18-Aug. 9
  • 11:30 AM-12:30 PM (Monday-Thursday)

Chiawana High School, 8125 W. Argent Road

  • June 18-July 6
  • 7:30-8 AM and 11:30 AM-12 PM
  • Aug. 13-Aug. 17
  • 7:30-8 AM and 11:30 AM-12 PM

Pasco High School, 1108 N. 10th Avenue

  • June 18-July 6
  • 7:30-8 AM and 11:30 AM - 12 PM
  • July 9-July 11
  • 8-8:30 AM and 11:30 AM - 12 PM
  • Aug. 8-Aug. 21
  • 8:00-8:30 AM and 12-12:30 PM

Captain Gray STEM Elementary School, 1102 N. 10th Avenue

  • July 16-Aug. 2 (Monday-Thursday)
  • 8:00-8:30 AM and 11:30 AM-12 PM
  • Franklin STEM Elementary School, 6010 Road 52
  • July 16-Aug. 2 (Monday-Thursday)
  • 8:00-8:30 AM and 11:30 AM - 12 PM

Robinson Elementary School, 125 S. Wehe Street

  • July 16-Aug. 2 (Monday-Thursday)
  • 8:00-8:30 AM and 11:30 AM - 12 PM

Stevens Middle School, 1120 N. 22nd Avenue

  • July 23-Aug. 2 (Monday-Thursday)
  • Breakfast (7:30-8 AM) and Lunch (11:30 AM-12 PM)

Ochoa Middle School, 1801 E. Sheppard Street

  • July 23-Aug. 16 (Monday-Thursday)
  • Breakfast (7:30-8 AM) and Lunch (11:30 AM-12 PM)

Richland

Marcus Whitman Elementary, 1704 Gray St.

  • June 18 – 29
  • July 9 – August 17
  • 8:30-9:00 AM - Breakfast service ends July 20
  • 12:00-12:30 PM

Jason Lee Elementary, 1750 McMurray

  • June 18 – 29
  • July 9 – August 17
  • 8:30-9:00 AM - Breakfast service ends July 20
  • 12:00-12:30 PM

Tapteal Elementary, 705 N. 62nd Ave.

  • June 18 – 29
  • July 9 - 20
  • 8:30-9:00 AM
  • 12:00-12:30 PM

Chief Joseph Middle School, 504 Wilson St.

  • June 18 – 22
  • 12:00-12:30 PM

Hanford High School, 450 Hanford St.

  • August 13 – 24
  • 12:00-12:30 PM
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