School Lunch Programs Feel Economic Pinch - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

School Lunch Programs Feel Economic Pinch

SPOKANE, Wash. - School districts across the inland northwest are experiencing a rise in demand for assistance from federal government school meal program assistance.

According to Spokane Public Schools the district received more than 5,000 new applications for free and reduced price meals.

"As families are losing jobs, money is becoming harder to come by.  We're seeing lots of families being hit with a need for free and reduced lunch," said Holmes Elementary Principal Steve Barns.

According to the Spokesman Review more than half of Spokane students qualify for these meals. In Coeur d'Alene more than 800 new applicants qualified for the assistance.  Typically, lunch costs $2 for elementary students, and $2.60 for middle and high school students.  Those who qualify for reduced-priced meals pay 40 cents.

More children now qualify for the program because Washington raised the income limit.  Now, a family of four must earn about $39,000 or less for the kids to qualify.
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