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Summer Hunger
4:58 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

To Fight Students' 'Summer Hunger,' Sen. Murray Pushes Debit Cards For Lunches

Sen. Patty Murray wants to give families debit cards to help feed qualifying students in the summer.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

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.

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.

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.

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Internet Access
6:00 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Families eligible for free lunch now qualify for cheap broadband

More than 370,000 kids who qualify for free lunch in Washington are eligible for discounted broadband internet at home under a new program.
Seattle Office for Education

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. 

Many of the state’s low-income residents rely on out-dated internet service, or don't have any at all. A new program could help.

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