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Need to know where to find your child a free meal in Florida? Call or text 2-1-1

Posted at 4:06 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 16:13:20-04

(WTXL) — Agriculture Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services have partnered with 2-1-1 to activate a 24/7 text line and call center to help families find free meals for children during school closures.

Through that line, families can call or text to find free meals for children under 18 during the current COVID-19 school closures.

“For so many of Florida’s children, school meals are the only meals they can count on – that’s why we’re now providing even more ways to secure healthy, nutritious meals for kids,” said Commissioner Nikki Fried. “Floridians can now find Summer BreakSpot free meal locations by text, by phone, and online, with additional locations being added every day. We encourage families to take advantage of these free resources, and to check with their school districts on other meal availability.”

To find your closest participating meal location, text "FLKIDSMEALS" to 211-211. You can also call 2-1-1 to speak with a live operator 24 hours a day for more locations.

You can also find locations on the department's Summer BreakSpot children's meal locator website.