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Spokane Public Schools prepares for summer free meal program

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The USDA pays for the entire program, as part of a national movement to help families in need. The USDA pays for the entire program, as part of a national movement to help families in need.
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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Even though the calendar says summer starts next week for thousands of kids, summer has officially begun. Kids at Jefferson Elementary were pumped but not everyone is looking forward to the end of the year. Some kids rely on the meals schools provide but good news, a free meal program begins this summer. Last year, 110,000 thousand kids were helped through the summer meal program. They serve both breakfast and lunch.

"Once we get going, it's full speed ahead," said Sheri Webber with Spokane County Public Schools. Webber has worked in the summer meal program for years and this year, it's a mad dash to be ready in time.

"There are kids out there that need these healthy meals without any judgment," said Webber. She says she looks forward to Monday when the program kicks off because that means she can help make a difference. "Feeding hungry children, there's nothing more rewarding than that," said Webber.

The USDA pays for the entire program, as part of a national movement to help families in need.

You can get a free meal if you are 18-years-old or younger. The program starts on June 21.

Click here for the program times, dates, locations and details. http://www.spokaneschools.org/Page/1830

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