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Food Truck in Snohomish County Gets Free Meals to Kids in the Summer!

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Originally published in Washington School Nutrition Association's Spring, 2017 Edition of Washington Apple Press

In Washington, families spend an average of $300 more a month on food in the summer. Children who rely on free and reduced priced school lunches during the school year often go hungry during this time. Fortunately, there are funds from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for summer meals through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), but transportation to these sites can be challenging, particularly in rural areas. When it comes to summer feeding, the Snohomish School District has taken a unique approach in Washington by implementing a food truck to serve free meals to children and youth in rural parts of the district.

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State Legislative Update: Budgets, Budgets, and more Budgets

Posted under Policy & Legislation

Both the Senate and the House have now released their proposed budgets, reflecting differing priorities and funding levels. While the Senate budget did not include the Expanded Learning Opportunities Initiative, we are thrilled that it was included in the House budget at $1.5 Million for the biennium (or $750,000 per year). While this is not the full amount requested, its inclusion reflects the impact of the hard work our advocacy partners have put forth during this complex legislative session.

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Let's Meet Long-Time Coach (and new staff member) April Miller!

Posted under School's Out News

Usually, when we do one of these new staff blogs, it's for someone new to the SOWA community. This time, though, we have someone who's worked for us for so long that if her work with us was a child, it would now be old enough to vote. April Miller has been a contract coach and trainer for us since 1998, but just recently we brought her in as a full time employee. April should be no stranger to many of you, but for the rest, let's take a moment to hear what makes her tick!

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