Alachua County Public Schools provide over 15,000 free meals to students today

 Today, the Food and Nutrition Services Department (of the Alachua County Public School District) distributed 15,902 meals at 74 sites across the county! That includes both lunch for today and breakfast for tomorrow, and is up from 5400+ yesterday. 
 
Most schools are included, and several community sites as well as bus stops in some high needs areas. The list of sites and a schedule of distribution times is available on the district’s COVID-19 website at https://bit.ly/2wIuktD.
 
 Also a reminder, ACPS applied for and was granted permission to distribute weekend meals as well. Those will be handed out on Fridays, starting this coming Friday, April 3rd. 

 Children 18 years old and younger can receive free breakfast and lunch while schools are closed through the Alachua County Public Schools’ Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) Department.

To help families in need, the department submitted applications to the federal government to provide meals in 73 locations throughout Alachua County. That includes schools, community sites and even stops along school bus routes that serve a large proportion of high-needs students. 

 The locations are posted on the FNS website at www.yourchoicefresh.com and the district’s main website at www.sbac.edu.  (A list of the locations is also attached.) Distribution sites may be revised based on need. 

“Our goal is to serve as many students as possible during this unprecedented situation,” said Maria Eunice, the district’s Director of Food and Nutrition Services. “Our team is committed to helping the children and families in this community because we’re all in this together.”

Children do not have to be enrolled at a particular school or program to receive meals. They also do not have to be eligible for free and reduced price meals during the regular school year to take advantage of the program. 

The meals are funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the school lunch program. 

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