Updated June 2 at 12:15 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:
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:
A federally-funded program called Summer BreakSpot that provides free meals to children during summer breaks has been operating 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.
Gov. Ron DeSantis announced May 29 that, starting in June, families that qualify for free or reduced-cost meals can start getting cash directly. Families will receive up to $313.50 per child. More information is available here.
Miami-Dade County schools
Students and their family members are able to receive grab-and-go meals from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays at 50 schools. Families will receive breakfasts and lunches for multiple days. See the list of locations here.
Broward County schools
The Broward district suspended its meal distributions on May 27 and is beginning again on June 9, shifting to a once-a-week schedule.
Starting June 9, the district will be offering meals from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays at 49 school locations. Families are able to receive grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches for multiple days.
Palm Beach County schools
On Tuesday, June 2, the School District of Palm Beach County is offering food pickup from 9 a.m. to noon at 50 school locations. Starting on June 4, there will be two more sites, for a total of 52 — and that's where families will be able to continue to pick up meals from from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer.
"Each day, parents and guardians who pick up food will receive a kit with three days' worth of meals for each child," according to a news release from the district.
Monroe County schools
The Monroe County School District is providing grab-and-go meals from 11 a.m. to noon at certain schools and community locations, and there will also be meal delivery at some locations. Find more information here.
This post will be updated. If you know of other food options for families that are not listed here, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.