More Kennewick students to receive free lunch program

More Kennewick students to receive free lunch program

The Kennewick School District is expanding its Community Eligibility Program, a free-lunch program that allows students to have two free meals a day, regardless of financial qualifications.

Currently, Nutrition Services provides free meals to Edison Elementary School, Westgate Elementary School, and Highlands Middle School. Beginning August 2017, seven schools will be added to the program.

The schools qualify for CEP if 62.5 percent of students qualify for free lunches. Homeless students, migrant students, children in foster care, and children whose family qualifies for food stamps automatically qualify. Once the CEP is in place, all students at a participating school will receive breakfast and lunch for free everyday.

“It speeds up the lunch line a great deal because now instead of typing in the names of students we can use a clicker, said Nutrition Services Director, Sam Shick. “That also speeds things up and we don’t have to try and collect money from people who haven’t paid for their meals already.”