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FDACS's alternative method to feed Florida’s students during school closures

School Lunch
Posted at 9:08 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 21:10:11-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Following Friday ’s announcement that all Florida K-12 schools will be closed through Monday, March 30, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Division of Food, Nutrition, and Wellness is announcing alternative methods for providing school meals to students.

FDACS is the state agency that funds Florida’s school lunch program, through $1.3 billion in federal funding.

For millions of Florida’s children, schools meals are the only meals they can count on. We are working closely with school districts to ensure that students have access to healthy, nutritious meals while schools are closed due to COVID-19. We are working with the USDA on authority to provide schools with flexible options to make school meals available. Most of all, we are standing with Florida’s schools and families to ensure no child goes hungry while schools are out.
Nikki Fried, Agriculture Commissioner

Information for Parents, Students, and Families:

While FDACS will provide authority to local school districts on alternative methods of delivering nutritious meals, the decision to serve meals during school closures rests with each school district.

FDACS will also leverage its Summer BreakSpot community and non-profit partners to ensure Florida’s students are fed.

Parents and families should contact their local school district to determine if school meals will be served during this closure.