Families will soon be able to pick up free sack lunches at Spokane Valley parks as the city and East Valley School District launch a free summer meal program for children.
The annual program normally includes activities and meals at Spokane Valley parks, but this year it was reduced to meals and a to-go activity due to COVID-19.
Tina Gregerson, recreation coordinator at the Spokane Valley Parks Department, said the city wanted to continue to provide free, accessible food for children while many families are struggling with food security.
“We still wanted access to those free meals in the park, especially with people laid off and resources being lower,” she said.
Gregerson said the parks department also won’t host games and activities as it normally does, but people can still visit parks on their own, and activities or crafts are included in every to-go bag.
The summer meal program will be available Monday through Thursday beginning June 15 and will run until Aug. 6, according to a news release.
Meals are for children 18 and younger and sack lunches will include the next day’s breakfast, as well as activity kits. Activity kits will include crafts or games children can do alone or with their families.
Meals are provided by East Valley School District, but children who are not students and don’t live in the district can receive a meal.
More information can be found on the city’s website at spokanevalley.org/freemealprogram.
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