Where you can grab free meals for your child in Spokane this summer

SPOKANE, Wash. — Children are out on summer break and while it’s a fun time for many, some are left to figure out where their next meal is coming from.

Mama’s Take and Bake on Northwest Boulevard is offering lunches for children all summer long. The original plan was to give out 50 lunches twice a week, but they soon realized the need was much larger than expected.

“If I had the funding to do more than 150 a day, I could probably do that and it still wouldn’t be enough,” owner Jeff Crutchfield.

Crutchfield said one family rode the bus from the South Hill to get a free lunch and a grandma walked four miles to get one for her grandchild.

Mama’s Take and Bake will be offering lunches Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“It’s sad when you think about it. A lot of people don’t know but the only meal they get to eat is at school. It’s not the child’s fault that their parents may have made a bad choice or they’re just having a hard time economically. Everybody’s suffering a little right now, even we’re suffering,” Crutchfield said.

Over in the West Central neighborhood, Stone Soup Café is providing breakfast and lunch to children.

“Our goal is to make sure that kids receive healthy and nutritious meals throughout the summer months,” director of the Stone Soup Café Summer Program Tracey Waring said.

Waring says the neighborhood is a food desert, which means grocery stores aren’t easily accessible. Waring says all of the children who attend Holmes Elementary School are on free or reduced lunch.

The summer program runs 10 weeks at the West Central Abbey.

“It’s a great place to be this is a wonderful place in the neighborhood. Nice and quiet. It’s always a joy to see new faces around here and we’d like for kids to come,” Waring said.

Spokane Public Schools also has its own Summer Meal Program.

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