Free school meals offered for Florida students affected by Irma

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Posted at 9:57 AM, Sep 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-18 09:57:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Florida officials say students in 48 counties will be eligible for free school meals through the National School Lunch Program. 

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced that the free meals will be available for students in the 48 counties under a FEMA major disaster declaration.

Starting Monday, students in the following counties will be eligible for free meals through October 20:

Charlotte, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Pinellas, Broward, Palm Beach, Glades, Hendry, Sarasota, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns, Brevard, Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Indian River, Lake, Marion, Martin, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Polk, St. Lucie, Seminole, Sumter, Volusia, Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Levy, Nassau, Suwannee and Union.

Officials say additional counties could be added to the waiver in coming days. 

Parents or guardians can find additional information here or contact the department at 1-800-504-6609 or