Here's A Website That'll Help You Find Free Meals For Kids This Summer

Jun 20, 2019

Just type in your address, and the red dots appear: nearby schools, parks, museums and other locations in South Florida where kids can get free meals this summer.

The website summerbreakspot.org is helping families find free breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks for kids 18 and under this summer. Kids do not have to be enrolled in a public school to receive the meals.

Families and guardians can find their nearest location by visting summerbreakspot.org, dialing 2-1-1 on a phone or texting "FoodFL" to 877-877.

Some families depend on free breakfasts and lunches provided at schools. So the Summer Break Spot program, sponsored by the federal and state departments of agriculture, helps to meet that need over the summer.

While there are many schools participating, there are other locations offering free meals as well. So school district officials are urging families to check out this website, call or text for the information as a first step to find the most convenient option.

Here's what the website looks like. This is a map of the locations surrounding WLRN's studios in downtown Miami.

Some of the school districts have also published a list of schools where free meals are available. Here's where to find them in South Florida:

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

Miami-Dade is offering not only meals but also dental care and free books at schools throughout the summer.

There will be free lunches available at the following locations from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every weekday through Aug. 2. The chart also notes when a "book mobile" and a Colgate-sponsored dental hygiene truck will visit the location.

This is a list of schools in Miami-Dade County where free meals, books and dental care will be available throughout the summer.

BROWARD COUNTY

Rather than releasing a list, Broward County officials suggest families visit summerbreakspot.org.

PALM BEACH COUNTY

You can find a list of schools and libraries in Palm Beach County offering free meals, including days and hours of operation, here.

MONROE COUNTY

Breakfasts and lunches are available weekdays at the following schools in the Keys:

  • Coral Shores High School, through July 3, 7:30 to 7:45 a.m. and 11 to 11:30 a.m. 
  • Key West High School, through July 3, 7:15 to 7:40 a.m. and 10:40 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Marathon High School, through July 3, 7:10-8 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. 
  • Poinciana Elementary School, through July 18, 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. 
  • Sugarloaf School , through July 3, 7:30 to 8 a.m. and 11 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Key Largo School, through July 3, 8 to 8:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.