After six years of sponsoring summer feeding sites in Seminole, Orange and Osceola, Second Harvest Food Bank has expanded into neighboring Brevard County.
In the first week alone, almost 1,000 meals were served at four locations in Melbourne. The outcome of the pilot program, which runs from June 2nd through August 15th , will be used to evaluate the feasibility of further expansion. In addition to Second Harvest’s sites, Brevard County’s School District will serve food at 31 schools and community centers.
Second Harvest Food Bank has been a sponsor since 2007, providing meals to 73 different locations. By the end of summer, an estimated 90,000 Second Harvest meals will have found their way into the hands and tummies of children who lack access to school cafeterias in at-risk, low-income communities.
Statewide, the Summer Breakspot program, which is federally funded and administered in Florida by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, will serve meals at 3,400 locations. Last year, Summer Breakspot provided more than 10 million meals to more than 230,000 children.
“More than 1.6 million Florida children rely on school lunch throughout the school year, but our responsibility to make sure that kids get healthy meals doesn’t end when school gets out for the summer. This program gives kids a place to go, have fun with friends and get something good and wholesome to eat all summer long.” Adam Putnam, Commissioner Department of Agriculture.
Article in Florida Today: Children can now get nourishment during summertime.
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