free lunch http://kplu.org en To Fight Students' 'Summer Hunger,' Sen. Murray Pushes Debit Cards For Lunches http://kplu.org/post/fight-students-summer-hunger-sen-murray-pushes-debit-cards-lunches <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152079663&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>With summer approaching, families who rely on school lunches have to make plans for how to fill the gap. United States Sen. Patty Murray says the answer is to subsidize their grocery shopping.</p><p>There’s already a big federal program – the Summer Food Service Program – to serve lunches to kids who qualify for food subsidies. Speaking at a Central Area elementary school, Washington's senior senator said those programs can be hard to access, as families have to bring their kids to designated locations during certain hours. Her office said just 10 percent of Washington children participated in 2012.</p><p>Sen. Murray wants to put a debit card in the hands of each of those families that they can use to buy food, much as one would use food stamps.</p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 23:58:09 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 16880 at http://kplu.org To Fight Students' 'Summer Hunger,' Sen. Murray Pushes Debit Cards For Lunches Families eligible for free lunch now qualify for cheap broadband http://kplu.org/post/families-eligible-free-lunch-now-qualify-cheap-broadband <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-981790.mp3</p><p>Washington is known for being on the cutting edge of technology when it comes to companies such as Amazon and Microsoft, but some people are getting left behind.&nbsp;</p><p>Many of the state&rsquo;s low-income residents rely on out-dated internet service, or don&#39;t have any at all. A new program could help.</p> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 13:00:00 +0000 Charla Bear 2317 at http://kplu.org Families eligible for free lunch now qualify for cheap broadband