Legislative Update: Two USDA Programs Help Kids Get Food Through Summer

Earlier this month the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a nationwide extension of a program that has been helping to feed families. Local partners – such as schools and nonprofit organizations – have been serving meals to kids during coronavirus school closures. These partners will be able to continue serving free meals to all children through August 31. This extension is for a waiver of  area eligibility, allowing all children in all areas to receive free meals. Typically, USDA-funded summer meals sites are only for low-income areas. The nearest location to Hazel Wolf with this service is Olympic Hills elementary school at 13018 20th Ave NE.

In addition, a new USDA program called Pandemic-EBT provides food-purchasing benefits, equal to the value of school meals, to households with children who would qualify for free or reduced-price meals at school based on household income. To see if this can help your family, call the Lake City customer service center at 206-684-7526 or visit https://www.dshs.wa.gov/esa/community-services-offices/basic-food

Families can also use Meals for Kids, an interactive finder with more than 60,000 sites to find free meals for children in their area.

Winter Food Drive Donations and Requests Until Tuesday, Dec. 17

The Hazel Wolf Winter Food Drive is wrapping up to collect donations and support families in need over winter break.

If you can support Hazel Wolf families in need this winter break, please bring in non-perishable, non-expired food donations by Tuesday, Dec. 17. We’re also seeking donations of new or used re-usable grocery bags. Deliver items to the bin in the front lobby near the main office. To improve efficiency, we are asking each grade to donate specific foods:

  • Kindergarten: mac & cheese and granola bars
  • 1st grade: cookies and cereal
  • 2nd grade: peanut butter and jelly
  • 3rd grade: milk in aseptic cartons and tortillas
  • 4th grade: canned meat/tuna and crackers
  • 5th grade: pasta, pasta sauce and rice noodles
  • 6th grade: pancake mix and applesauce/canned fruit
  • 7th grade: dried/canned beans and rice
  • 8th grade: canned soup/stew and dried fruit

Are you in need of extra food this winter break? If you would like to receive a food box during winter break, please complete a request form. The form is available online or at the front office. Return the completed form to the front office by Tuesday, Dec. 17. You can pick up your food bags from the Hazel Wolf office from Dec. 18 – 20 or you can request to have them delivered.