The National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program promote the health and well-being of children by providing nutritious meals to children in public and private schools.
School meals contain one-third of the Recommended Dietary Intakes for protein, calcium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C and calories with no more than 30% of the calories from fat and no more than 10% of the calories from saturated fat.
Eligibility for the School Meal Program is based on your monthly income (before taxes) and your household size. The income guidelines are updated each year.
Summer EBT for Children (SEBTC) demonstration project will return to Clark County in 2013
USDA, Food and Nutrition Service has informed the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) that the Summer EBT for Children (SEBTC) demonstration project will be available in Summer 2013.
SEBTC is for selected free or reduced price school meal families, and is being tested by USDA as an alternative to site-based summer meals. The 2012 project took place in the Vancouver and Evergreen School districts in Clark County. About half of the families agreeing to participate in a study on the impact of this program received the benefit.
In summer 2012, about 1,619 families received $60 per school age child during the summer months to cover the cost of meals they would have been eligible to receive if school was in session. Benefits were prorated for the days school was in session in June and September. The 2013 project will take place in Clark County, but may be expanded to additional districts within the county and may serve additional children in the project.
Links to More Resources
Application for Free and Reduced-Price School Meals (You'll apply with your own school district)
Child Nutrition Programs from Washington's Superintendent of Public Instruction