Free Meals for Children Available While Schools Closed Due to Coronavirus
Children and teens age 18 and younger who rely on meals served at school can get free breakfast and lunch at locations throughout Hillsborough County while campuses are closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The federally-funded program is administered by the state’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in cooperation with Hillsborough County Public Schools. It’s one of many ways government agencies and their partners are providing meals for people who have difficulty getting food.
Parents and caregivers are encouraged to drive or walk to these Grab-and-Go locations at designated schools. Children must be present to receive food, which will be distributed from school buses positioned near designated car lines.
The need for free or low-cost meals for children is large. In the 2018-19 school year, Florida’s schools served 286,734,316 school lunches, of which 245,782,422 were provided for free or at reduced cost. In Hillsborough County, 63 percent of K-12 students — about 123,000 children — qualify for free or reduced-price meals.
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