July 13, 1995 in Washington Voices

Food Programs Provide Free Meals To Kids In Summer

By The Spokesman-Review
 

Although students might get a summer vacation, student meals don’t.

Spokane School District 81 and the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department are serving up free breakfasts and lunches to youths under 18 during the summer months.

“They need nutrition during the summer, too,” said Teresa Kafentzis, summer food service coordinator for Spokane School District 81.

More than 100 summer food programs statewide feed about 23,000 children, mostly from low-income homes. That’s only 11 percent of the students who receive free or reduced-price school meals during the academic year.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides money to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, which contracts with school districts, parks and recreation departments, nonprofit agencies and tribal organizations to provide the summer meals.

Sites that qualify have high concentrations of low-income children or high concentrations of low-income children registered for summer programs.

District 81 is offering free lunches and breakfasts at seven North Side schools and two YWCA spots that qualify for the federal program.

The program, which lasts until August, is serving about 500 breakfasts and 1,200 lunches a day. Breakfast is often cold cereal, juice and milk, or sometimes a cinnamon roll or a maple bar. Lunch is a sandwich, hot dog or burrito.

“We do it by neighborhood,” Kafentzis said. “The little kids are like ants at a picnic. They just start showing up.”

In both the school and park programs, the meal sites are tied together with other activities, such as arts and crafts, drama and athletic activities.

The parks department is offering meals at 16 North Side parks and schools through the same federal program. The parks program serves about 900 lunches and 500 breakfasts every day.

“They love it,” said Karen Holmes, the recreation supervisor with the parks department. “We’re offering it in the park, they get to have a meal, and they get to do activities, also.”

, DataTimes MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: WHERE TO GO FOR FOOD PROGRAMS On the North Side, here’s where you can eat breakfast and lunch. Times and dates are subject to change without notice.

SCHOOLS Audubon School, 2020 W. Carlisle Ave., breakfast at 8 a.m., lunch at 11:15 a.m., Mondays through Thursdays, through July 27. Bancroft School, 1025 W. Spofford, lunch at 11:45 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, through Aug. 16. Bemiss School, 2323 E. Bridgeport Ave., breakfast at 8 a.m., lunch at 11:15 a.m., Mondays through Thursdays, through July 25. Holmes School, 2600 W. Sharp Ave., breakfast at 8 a.m., lunch at 11 a.m., Mondays through Thursdays, through July 27. North Central High School, 1600 N. Howard St., lunch at 10:45 a.m., Mondays through Thursdays, through Aug. 2. Regal School, 2707 E. Rich Ave., breakfast at 8 a.m., lunch at 11:15 a.m., Mondays through Thursdays, through July 27. Shadle Park High School, 4327 N. Ash St., breakfast at 8 a.m., lunch at noon, weekdays, through Aug. 15. YWCA Recreation, 829 W. Broadway, breakfast at 8:15 a.m., lunch at 12:15 p.m., weekdays, through Aug. 15. YWCA School, 829 W. Broadway, breakfast at 9 a.m., lunch at noon, Mondays through Thursdays, through July 28.

PARKS, COMMUNITY CENTERS (Monday through Friday, through Aug. 10 unless otherwise marked): A.M. Cannon Park, Maxwell and Elm, breakfast at 9:15 a.m., lunch at 12:15 p.m. Chief Garry Park, Mission and Cook, breakfast at 8:55 a.m., lunch at 11:55 a.m. Clark Park, Division and Garland, breakfast at 9:45 a.m., lunch at 12:45 p.m. Corbin Park, Post and Waverly Place, breakfast at 9:05 a.m., lunch at 12:05 p.m. Friendship Park, Greta and Calkins, breakfast at 9:25 a.m., lunch at 12:25 p.m. Glass Park, Heroy and Cincinnati, breakfast at 9:40 a.m., lunch at 12:40 p.m. Harmon Park, Market and Bismark, breakfast at 9:15 a.m., lunch at 12:15 p.m. Hays Park, Crestline and Providence, breakfast at 9 a.m., lunch at 12 p.m. Minnehaha Park, Frederick and Havana, breakfast at 8:45 a.m., lunch at 11:45 p.m. Mission Park, Mission and Superior, breakfast at 8:45 a.m., lunch at 11:45 p.m. Morayo North, Euclid and Stone, breakfast at 8:55 a.m., lunch at 11:55 a.m., through Sept. 1. Nevada Park, Joseph and Nevada, breakfast at 9:35 a.m., lunch at 12:35 p.m. Peaceful Valley Community Center, 214 N. Cedar, breakfast at 9:25 a.m., lunch at 12:25 p.m., through Sept. 1. Rochester Heights, Everett and Magnolia, breakfast at 9:10 a.m., lunch at 12:10 p.m. Shadle Park, Longfellow and Ash, breakfast at 9:55 a.m., lunch at 12:55 p.m., through Aug. 25. Stevens School, Mission and Pittsburg, breakfast at 8:50 a.m., lunch at 11:50 a.m., through Aug. 25.

This sidebar appeared with the story: WHERE TO GO FOR FOOD PROGRAMS On the North Side, here’s where you can eat breakfast and lunch. Times and dates are subject to change without notice.

SCHOOLS Audubon School, 2020 W. Carlisle Ave., breakfast at 8 a.m., lunch at 11:15 a.m., Mondays through Thursdays, through July 27. Bancroft School, 1025 W. Spofford, lunch at 11:45 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, through Aug. 16. Bemiss School, 2323 E. Bridgeport Ave., breakfast at 8 a.m., lunch at 11:15 a.m., Mondays through Thursdays, through July 25. Holmes School, 2600 W. Sharp Ave., breakfast at 8 a.m., lunch at 11 a.m., Mondays through Thursdays, through July 27. North Central High School, 1600 N. Howard St., lunch at 10:45 a.m., Mondays through Thursdays, through Aug. 2. Regal School, 2707 E. Rich Ave., breakfast at 8 a.m., lunch at 11:15 a.m., Mondays through Thursdays, through July 27. Shadle Park High School, 4327 N. Ash St., breakfast at 8 a.m., lunch at noon, weekdays, through Aug. 15. YWCA Recreation, 829 W. Broadway, breakfast at 8:15 a.m., lunch at 12:15 p.m., weekdays, through Aug. 15. YWCA School, 829 W. Broadway, breakfast at 9 a.m., lunch at noon, Mondays through Thursdays, through July 28.

PARKS, COMMUNITY CENTERS (Monday through Friday, through Aug. 10 unless otherwise marked): A.M. Cannon Park, Maxwell and Elm, breakfast at 9:15 a.m., lunch at 12:15 p.m. Chief Garry Park, Mission and Cook, breakfast at 8:55 a.m., lunch at 11:55 a.m. Clark Park, Division and Garland, breakfast at 9:45 a.m., lunch at 12:45 p.m. Corbin Park, Post and Waverly Place, breakfast at 9:05 a.m., lunch at 12:05 p.m. Friendship Park, Greta and Calkins, breakfast at 9:25 a.m., lunch at 12:25 p.m. Glass Park, Heroy and Cincinnati, breakfast at 9:40 a.m., lunch at 12:40 p.m. Harmon Park, Market and Bismark, breakfast at 9:15 a.m., lunch at 12:15 p.m. Hays Park, Crestline and Providence, breakfast at 9 a.m., lunch at 12 p.m. Minnehaha Park, Frederick and Havana, breakfast at 8:45 a.m., lunch at 11:45 p.m. Mission Park, Mission and Superior, breakfast at 8:45 a.m., lunch at 11:45 p.m. Morayo North, Euclid and Stone, breakfast at 8:55 a.m., lunch at 11:55 a.m., through Sept. 1. Nevada Park, Joseph and Nevada, breakfast at 9:35 a.m., lunch at 12:35 p.m. Peaceful Valley Community Center, 214 N. Cedar, breakfast at 9:25 a.m., lunch at 12:25 p.m., through Sept. 1. Rochester Heights, Everett and Magnolia, breakfast at 9:10 a.m., lunch at 12:10 p.m. Shadle Park, Longfellow and Ash, breakfast at 9:55 a.m., lunch at 12:55 p.m., through Aug. 25. Stevens School, Mission and Pittsburg, breakfast at 8:50 a.m., lunch at 11:50 a.m., through Aug. 25.

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