A proposal by the Lyle School District to end school lunch programs for middle school and high school students has caught the attention of the Children's Alliance, a statewide child advocacy organization.
In a June 16 news release, the Seattle-based Children's Alliance noted that the Lyle School District is considering ending its National School Lunch Program (NSLP) for over 200 middle and high school students and completely eliminating the School Breakfast Program for the entire district.
Nearly 390 children would be affected.
"We're shocked that a district serving this many poor children would even think of ending its program, especially since according to the Superintendent of Public Instruction, they are almost breaking even," said Shelley Curtis, Food and Nutrition Policy Manager with the Children's Alliance. "We are especially concerned because this district has a high percentage of low-income children."
According to Curtis, 98 percent of the school districts in Washington run the NSLP to ensure their students get the food they need to be ready to learn.
The issue will be discussed at a Lyle School Board meeting on Thursday, June 19. The meeting, open to the public, starts at 7 p.m. at Lyle High School.