Red Lake Nation News - Babaamaajimowinan (Telling of news in different places)

Coronavirus means school food is free across the U.S. What if it stayed that way?


November 30, 2020

YAKIMA, Wash. - Tracy Renecker has been working almost nonstop since the coronavirus pandemic set in. A kitchen manager with the 16,000-student school district serving this central Washington city, Renecker has been ordering ingredients, packing entrees and sides, and filling grocery sacks to build the five-breakfast, five-lunch kits passed out at the drive-up distribution point outside Washington Middle School, where she works.

Renecker knows what the bags of cut vegetables, single-serve cereal boxes and heat-and-eat bowls mean to parents picking them up each week. They are a lifeline to families, including her own. The school meal program "helps to stretch our money," said Renecker, a former nursing assistant raising a 6-year-old and a 13-year-old in Yakima.

"I was a hungry child at one point, and I would hate to see any child go hungry," she said. "I know they can't learn when they're worried about when they're going to be fed."


Reader Comments(0)


Powered by ROAR Online Publication Software from Lions Light Corporation
© Copyright 2020