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Moses Lake High School changes its meal charge policy after a student speaks out

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Moses Lake High School has a new lunch policy in place. Moses Lake High School has a new lunch policy in place.
MOSES LAKE, Wash. -

Devin Perez saw a student who couldn’t get food for lunch because that student didn’t have enough money in his account. That’s when he felt compelled to act.

”I felt it was necessary to inform everyone because that shouldn't be happening in our school. No kid should be going hungry."

And he couldn't stand by and wrote a post on Facebook.

”I’ve basically grown up helping others. And not let other people be in a bad position,” he says.

The school also saw the post on social media.

”We are always looking for how we can improve. And so that part we are very thankful for,” says Superintendent Michelle Price.

She says the elementary and middle schools have had this policy in place. So, with Devin’s concerns, they modified the high school policy too. Students start getting warnings when they have about five meals left on their account. Elementary students get a written alert sent home with them, and middle and high school students get verbal ones. Now the high schools allow for two emergency meals if there’s no money left in the account. The elementary and middle schools already had this in place.

Devin says he feel good about this. ”I think it's a good step. I think that it was an excellent move to help the students that miss their lunch money.”

He’s encouraging others to speak up.

”I think everyone needs to get together and make a change because having a good community helps out everyone.”

Parents can also sign up to get notifications when their students do. They can go to the district’s page for that information: http://www.moseslakeschools.org/pages/MLSD/Departments/Food_Services

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