1.5 min readPublished On: June 12, 2024

Providing a Hunger Free Summer for Florida Children

To help ensure that Florida children have access to wholesome meals during summer break, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services partners with schools and organizations to provide free meals to kids and teens from low-income areas.

The Summer BreakSpot Program provides meals at no cost to children 18 and under, while schools are closed for the summer. There are several ways to find a Summer BreakSpot site:

  • Dial 2-1-1
  • Text “FoodFL” to 304-304
  • Visit SummerBreakSpot.org Summer

BreakSpot sites include open sites and camps (residential and non-residential). Open sites are sites where meals are available to all children in the area on a first-come, first-served basis. Acceptance and participation requirements for the Program are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

Summer BreakSpot is part of the National Summer Food Service Program, a federally funded program operated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida Summer Food Service program provides free meals for kids 18 and under, Monday through Friday, over the summer break.

As part of the State of Florida’s Summer Break Spot program, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida Summer Food Service Program operates 65 meal distribution locations across Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties.

With the help of volunteers, wholesome meals are packaged at Mercy Kitchen and delivered daily to daycares, summer camps, parks, libraries, and other places children gather. Menus are designed to meet nutritional guidelines and taste-tested by kids. An emphasis is placed on whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables, lean proteins, and dairy.

To find a Summer Break Spot site, visit www.summerbreakspot.org.

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