We received a release this week from the Keller School Food Service department announcing a free summer meal program for any child 18 years of age and younger. The school will serve lunch from 12 p.m. to 12:40 p.m., every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, starting July 9. 

The summer lunch program at Keller will end Aug. 23.

The opportunity comes through the State of Washington OSPI Summer Food Service Program. 

On the website, the program’s goal is clearly stated, “Good nutrition is essential for effective learning every day, all year long. Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does the need for good nutrition. Summer meal programs help children get the nutrition they need to learn, play and grow throughout the summer months.”

The release from Keller School reiterated that point. The release reads, “School’s out! Fuel up for summer fun!” 

The lunches are free to all children under 18 years of age. The program is also open to all children, meaning children do not have to be enrolled at Keller School to take advantage of the free meal.

This made us curious, which other local schools are providing school lunches.

In Inchelium, the summer meal program has already started. It will run through Aug. 22.  Though there will not be meals on July 4-5, the Inchelium program runs Monday through Friday, weekly. Breakfast is served from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and lunch is served 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Like Keller, the program is open to all children under 18 years of age. At Inchelium, parents can eat with their children for a cost of $4. The menu is posted on the front page of the Inchelium school website.

Lake Roosevelt School provides free breakfast and lunch, every Monday through Thursday. The summer meal program ends July 25.

Breakfast runs from 8:30 to 9:00 p.m. and lunch runs from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Meals are open to all children 18 years of age and younger.

The Omak School District is serving meals at the north school, the east school and at the high school/middle school consolidated lunchroom.

Breakfast will be served at the North and East schools from 7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m., Monday through Friday. Lunch will be served at the North and East schools from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Starting July 8, breakfast will be served at the high school/middle school consolidated lunch from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

All Omak locations are open to children 18 years and younger. Students do not have to be enrolled in the school that they are eating at.

The summer meal program in Omak ends Aug. 2.

Though Nespelem has run a summer meal program every year, this year the school is unable to because of construction. (In February the school received a $2.8 million grant “for modernization”). 

The Tribal Tribune editorial board consists of Cary Rosenbaum, Justus Caudell, Shane Moses.

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