School meal programs offering food for pickup during coronavirus closure
One of the biggest concerns stemming from the statewide school closure, in addition to lost learning and child-care challenges, was the impact on families who rely on the free and reduced-price meals served to kids in schools.
Most school districts are taking steps to provide that food during the closure. Here's what we've found out about the programs at some of the Puget Sound area's biggest districts. Read carefully: Times, dates, places and details vary.
Seattle Public Schools
Grab-and-go meals available from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. daily for all students. Food is not to be eaten on site. Here are the school sites, divided geographically:
Southeast: Dunlap Elementary, Emerson Elementary, Franklin High, Aki Kurose Middle School, Mercer Middle School, Rainier Beach High School, Rainier View Elementary School, Rising Star @ African American Academy (Formerly Van Asselt Elementary).
West and Southwest: Concord International Elementary School, Denny International Middle School, Chief Sealth International High School, West Seattle Elementary School, West Seattle High School.
Central District: Lowell Elementary, Bailey Gatzert Elementary, Thurgood Marshall Elementary, Meany Middle School, Seattle World School.
Queen Anne and Magnolia: Catharine Blaine K-8, McClure Middle School.
Northeast: Eckstein Middle School, Nathan Hale High School, Olympic Hills Elementary.
Northwest: Ballard High School, Broadview-Thomson K-8, Robert Eagle Staff Middle School
Pickup spots will typically be in lunchrooms or cafeterias. Exact details on food pickup here. People are asked to follow social-distancing guidelines. Extra help is available for those with accessibility needs.
Highline School District
The district has rolled out a grab-and-go lunch program starting Monday, March 16, with plans to add breakfast and expand to more sites. Here are the initial sites, and please note that not all will have the same hours. Families may use any pickup site, and no documentation of attendance is required.
Burien: Big Picture Schools, 11-11:30 a.m.; district central office, 15676 Ambaum Blvd. S.W., noon-12:30 p.m.; Sylvester Middle School, noon-12:30 p.m.
Seattle: Cascade Middle School, noon-12:30 p.m.; Evergreen High School, 7:30-9 a.m.; White Center Heights Elementary, 12:30-1 p.m.
SeaTac: Chinook Middle School, 7:30-9 a.m.; Glacier Middle School, noon-12:30 p.m.; Madrona Elementary School, 12:30-1 p.m.; Tyee High School, 11-11:30 a.m.
Des Moines: Highline High School, 11-11:30 a.m.; Mount Rainier High School, 11-11:30 a.m; Pacific Middle School, noon-12:30 p.m.
Auburn School District
The district will distribute meals daily at each of its schools. Any child through age 18 may receive breakfast from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and lunch between 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. every weekday. Any student will be served at any school even if not enrolled in that school or in the Auburn School District. Students can receive a breakfast and a lunch meal at the same time, but only one of each per day. If lunch is picked up during breakfast time, it will be a cold meal. The district will communicate any updates about program changes by usual means and online here.
Kent School District
As of Sunday, the district said it was working on a plan to provide meals; details were not yet available. Check for updates.
Federal Way Public Schools
FWPS will make packaged meals, breakfast and lunch, available to children up to age 18 throughout the closure. Pickup will be 10 a.m.-noon daily at Decatur High School, Federal Way High School, Thomas Jefferson High School and Todd Beamer High School. In addition, the district's FRED bus will deliver meals at the times and locations listed here.
Bellevue School District
Bellevue will offer free grab-and-go meals for kids 18 and under (and for purchase by adults). It will include that day's lunch and a breakfast for the next day. Kids must be present to receive meals.
Pickup will be from 11 a.m.-noon at Sammamish High School, 100 140th Ave. S.E., Bellevue; and Lake Hills Elementary 14310 S.E. 12th St., Bellevue.
Northshore School District
This district, which serves Woodinville, Kenmore, Bothell and vicinity, was among the first to switch to online learning, is also rolling out a meal program. It works via an online pre-ordering system and 33 pickup sites. Details here.
Lake Washington School District
Lake Washington also is instituting an online ordering system for meals, and they will be available to kids both on and off the subsidized meal program. Orders must be placed between 2 p.m. and 8 a.m., and pickup will be from 10:30 a.m.-noon at six locations (student must be present):
Finn Hill Middle School, Kirkland; Inglewood Middle School, Sammamish; Kamiakin Middle School, Kirkland; Redmond Middle School; Rose Hill Middle School, Redmond; Timberline Middle School, Redmond.