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Monday, June 16, 2014

Free summer food service program expands in Pinellas County

The Pinellas County School District, with assistance from the Florida Department of Agriculture, is once again offering free breakfast and lunch throughout the summer to students 18 and under who live in geographic areas where 50 percent of more of the student population receives free or reduced-price meals during the school year. Called Summer BreakSpot, the program expects to serve more than 7,000 lunches to Pinellas County children this year, an estimated 1,000 increase over last year.

Hot and cold meal choices will be available at 130 locations, including schools, churches, community organizations and housing developments. Mobile food trucks also will travel to five locations throughout the county to better serve students near their homes.

Meal times are contingent on the location with breakfast typically served from 7-9 a.m. and lunch served from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. No registration is required to participate. Additionally, a pilot weekend meal program initiated last year, Nourish to Flourish, will continue at 10 locations. 

To find a meal location, visit, dial 211, or text FoodFL to 877-877 on a cellular phone.

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