United Way of King County aims to serve 1 million summertime meals


By Joe Veyera

As the school year draws to a close in most districts this week, almost 100,000 kids in King County will stop receiving free and reduced cost school lunches. As part of their One Million Meals campaign, the United Way of King County (UWKC) is aiming to make sure those kids don’t go hungry.

As part of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), United Way volunteers will be working throughout King County. Most summer meal sites are open, meaning any child between the ages of one and 18 can drop in without registration or identification. Most sites also provide games and activities as well.

In and around Ballard, several locations sponsored by the City of Seattle will be providing breakfast, lunch, and/or an afternoon snack. Viewlands Elementary (10525 3rd Ave NW) and Broadview Thomson Elementary (13052 Greenwood Ave N) will both serve breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., and lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. At Sandel Playground (9053 1st Ave NW), lunch will be offered from noon to 1 p.m., and an afternoon snack from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Each site has different start and finish dates. The Sandel Playground site will be open between June 25 and August 22, the Viewlands site between June 30 and August 22, and the Broadview Thomson site between August 18 and 22.

For more information on the program, click here. To find a meal site near you, click here, or call 1-888-FOOD-4-WA.

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