Homeless Services

    Free Summer Meals

    Kingsgate Library, Kirkland

    • Monday-Friday, June 25-August 31
    • Free lunch for children ages 1-18 from noon-1:00 p.m.

    Redmond Open Kitchen

    • Free warm meal every Wednesday 5-7 p.m.
    • Open to all
    • Redmond United Methodist Church (16540 NE 80th ST, Redmond)

    Northshore School District Free Summer Meals

    • Monday-Friday, June 25-August 17 (not on July 4 or July 5)
    • Free meals to all children 18 years and younger. Adult meals available to purchase. Meals must be consumed on site.
    • Northshore Middle School (12101 NE 160

    Hopelink’s End Summer Hunger program

    The USDA also provides summer meal resources, in both English and Spanish:

    • USDA Summer Meals Hotline at 1-866-348-6479. Families will receive assistance to find the location, meal times, and contact information for summer meals based on their full address, city, and/or zip code.
    • USDA Summer meals finder
      This website is easy for families to use as they can access summer meals locations by entering their zip code.
    • USDA Summer Meals Toolkit, provides multiple tools and resources.

    Teacher in school hallway creating panty packs of foodThe McKinney-Vento Act is federal legislation that has been in effect since 1987 to support children and youth experiencing homelessness. The McKinney-Vento Act defines ‘homeless children and youth’ as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. The intent of the McKinney-Vento Act is to ensure homeless children and youth enroll and succeed in school.

    Students living in any of the following situations may be entitled to additional support:
    • In a shelter, motel, vehicle, or campground
    • On the street
    • In an abandoned building, trailer, or other inadequate accommodations (lack of heat, water, etc.)
    • Doubled up with friends or relatives because you cannot find or afford housing
    Students living in homeless situations have a right to:
    • Get help with enrolling in school from the district liaison or other school contact to continue academic success
    • Continue in the school they attended (referred to as the school of origin) before they became homeless or the school they last attended, if that is the parent’s choice and is feasible
    • Get transportation to and from the school of origin
    • Receive free school meals
    • Receive additional services such as ELL, Special Education, Title 1, preschool, Quest (gifted), career / technical education
    Homeless Students: Enrollment Rights and Services
    Contact information
    For more information about Lake Washington School District’s Homeless Services, or to request specific support for a homeless student, visit your local school or contact the district homeless liaison.

    Donna Baillie
    Lake Washington School District

    Additional information about homeless services is available through:
    Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
    Melinda Dyer
    Program Supervisor, McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth