ACPS adds suppers and snacks to its free meals program

Beginning May 4th, Alachua County Public Schools’ Food and Nutrition Services Department (FNS) will provide free suppers and snacks for children age 0-18 at 29 school sites throughout the district. This is in addition to the free breakfast and lunch meals currently provided at 78 schools, community centers and bus stops in Alachua County.

Distribution of the additional meals continue through May 29. That will be the last day of school for Alachua County Public School students, based on Governor Ron DeSantis’ announcement that schools would remain physically closed but continue with distance learning until their originally-scheduled closing date.

The extra meals are being provided through the Afterschool Meals Program, which is a part of the federal government’s Child and Adult Care Food Program. Typically the program is used to provide nutritious snacks and meals to children in after-school programs. However, the district recently received federal approval to distribute the extra meals at some of its existing meal distribution sites.

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The additional meals and snacks will be distributed Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the sites listed below. The suppers & snacks are available free to all children 0-18, and they do not have to be enrolled at the school to take advantage of the program.

The sites at which suppers/snacks will be provided are:

Alachua Elementary

Foster Elementary

Lincoln Middle

Shell Elementary

Archer Elementary

Glen Springs Elementary


Talbot Elementary

Bishop Middle

Hidden Oak Elementary

Metcalfe Elementary

Terwilliger Elementary

Buchholz High

High Springs Community

Newberry Elementary

Wiles (Snack Only)

Chiles Elementary

Idylwild Elementary

Norton Elementary

Williams (Snack Only)

Duval Early Learning Academy

Irby Elementary

Oak View Middle

Eastside High School

Lake Forest Elementary

Rawlings Elementary


Littlewood Elementary

Reichert House


A full list of the sites providing breakfast, lunch, supper and snacks is available at and on the district’s COVID-19 page at

For more information, contact Food and Nutrition Services at (352) 955-7539.

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