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Here's Where To Find Free Food During The Pandemic

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Caitie Switalski
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WLRN
During a federal government shutdown last year, volunteers packed food boxes for furloughed federal employees at Feeding South Florida. The nonprofit is now helping feed families affected by school closures related to the coronavirus outbreak.

Updated Aug. 31 at 3:30 p.m.

State and local government officials and nonprofits are working to prevent South Floridians from going hungry while businesses are closed and people are urged to stay at home in a sweeping attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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General information on food:

Feeding South Florida is distributing food in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. A list of distribution sites and times is updated here.

Axis South Florida has information on Farm Share food distributions in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

The United Way of the Florida Keys has a community resource guide with food distribution information throughout Monroe County.

For students and families

A majority of students in each of the region’s three largest districts — Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties — qualify for free or reduced-price lunches at school. That means many families rely on schools to feed their children on a daily basis, in some cases for breakfast, lunch and an after-school snack.

Here’s what you need to know about how to find food for your family during the school closures:

Statewide

A federally-funded program called Summer BreakSpot that provides free meals to children during summer breaks and has operated throughout the COVID-19 school closures.

Click here to enter your zip code, find the closest location, and check the opening dates and hours to confirm the site is participating. You can also call 211 or text FLKIDSMEALS to 211-211 to find the closest participating Summer BreakSpot location.

Broward County Public Schools

During the 2020-21 school year, grab-and-go meals will be available at all Broward County Public Schools campuses on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. 1 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. Breakfast is free for everyone, and lunch is free for qualifying families. Discounted lunches are $0.40, and full-price lunches are $2. Parents pay online here.

Families must submit a new application for free or reduced-price lunch each year. Apply here.

Miami-Dade County schools

During the 2020-21 school year, grab-and-go meals will be available at all Miami-Dade County Public Schools campuses on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. Breakfast is free for everyone, and lunch is free for qualifying families. Discounted lunches are $0.40, and full-price lunches are $2.25 for elementary students and $2.50 for secondary students. Parents pay online here.

Families must submit a new application for free or reduced-price lunch each year. Apply here.

Palm Beach County schools

During the 2020-21 school year, grab-and-go meals will be available at 173 schools on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. Breakfast is free for everyone, and lunch is free for qualifying families. Discounted lunches are $0.40, and full-price lunches are $2.05 for elementary students and $2.30 for middle and high students. Parents pay with a School Cash Online account.

Families must submit a new application for free or reduced-price lunch each year. Apply here.

Monroe County schools

The Monroe County School District is delivering meals along bus routes. More information is here.

Families must submit a new application for free or reduced-price lunch each year. Apply here.

This post will be updated. If you know of other food options for families that are not listed here, e-mail talktous@wlrnnews.org.