Here's Where To Find Free Food During The Pandemic

Mar 20, 2020

Updated June 10 at 10:15 a.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 operated this spring 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, in June, families who qualify for free or reduced-cost meals can get cash directly. Families will receive up to $313.50 per child. More information is available here.

Miami-Dade County schools

Starting June 8, students and their family members are able to receive grab-and-go meals from 10 a.m. to 1  p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays at 50 schools. Families will receive breakfasts and lunches for multiple days. See the list of locations here.

There are two website families can use to find meal distribution locations near them: one created by the school district and another by United Teachers of Dade.

Palm Beach County schools

During the week of June 29 to July 3, the district will hand out meals only on Tuesday because of the July 4 holiday.

The following week, the district will pick back up with twice-a-week feedings on Tuesdays and Thursdays but with new times: The meals will be available from 10 a.m. to noon at 51 locations.

Previously, the events were held from 9 a.m. to noon at 52 sites; Okeeheelee Middle School is no longer an option.

"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 talktous@wlrnnews.org.