Chewelah School District providing free lunches to children

Chewelah School District providing free lunches to children

(STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent)

EAT UP: District to offer free lunches to children under age of 18…

During the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, which kept many students from attending school across the country last spring and into this fall quarter, one concern was kids who relied on school meals for their food.

As the Chewelah School District switches to a hybrid learning model, a new announcement on Monday came as good news for many in the community.

The Chewelah School District will be providing free lunches to all children ages 18 and younger through the end of the 2020-21 school year. Meals will be sent home with students on the days they attend school for the days they are doing remote learning or families can still pickup meals at the schools or at other remote sites.

In the previous school year the district had been providing lunches through school bus delivery after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The school district also provided lunches during the summer for a time period.

Students having lunch at school will eat them in their classrooms at Gess Elementary, and designated areas at Jenkins Junior Senior High School.

The Chewelah School District is still asking all families that they complete and return the free and reduced lunch application. The information is vital for access to additional funding for student programs.

The Chewelah School District will stop delivering meals to the remote sites once all students have returned to school for the hybrid model.