Summer lunch program for kids begins soon

- As Florida schools let out for the summer, more than one million students who rely on free and reduced-price meals will have to look elsewhere for food.

Because of this need, the State Department of Agriculture has a program to provide meals for kids.

The Summer BreakSpot program provides free meals and snacks for kids at thousands of locations statewide.

Summer BreakSpot provided 15 million meals at more than 4,600 schools, churches, and community centers from June through August last year.

“A lot of kids, during the school year, rely on school meals to get the nutrition they need to succeed in the classroom. The Summer BreakSpot program steps in and bridges that nutritional gap that a lot of kids face during the summer when school is out,” explained Kinley Tuten with the Department of Agriculture.

The Summer BreakSpot program has grown by more than 20 percent in recent years. To find the location nearest to you, visit www.SummerBreakSpot.org.

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