SCHOOL’S OUT FOR SUMMER!!!
Today is the last day of school for Palm Beach County schools – and while many kids are looking forward to the excitement of no school, summer vacations, camps, and much more – there are thousands of children wondering what they will eat this summer.
The number of students receiving free and reduced lunches in school has been steadily increasing over the past five years. In 2009-2010, 90,962 students were eligible compared to the 2012-2013 school year in which 109,191 students were receiving free and reduced lunches – that’s about a 20% increase in just 5 years.
Luckily over the summer there is the Summer BreakSpot program which provides breakfast, lunch and snacks for any child 18 years old and under. The program is federally funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and is state-administered in Florida by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness. Summer Breakspot is designed to help ensure that children have access to the nutritious meals they need to grow, learn and play during the summer months and to ensure their bodies and minds are healthy and strong for the upcoming school year.
Some of our partner agencies participate in the program, and will be serving meals this summer.
- Adopt-A-Family (Lake Worth)
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County (Palm Beach County locations)
- Urban Youth Impact (West Palm Beach)
- YMCA of the Palm Beaches (Palm Springs)
To find a site near you
- Visit www.summerfoodflorida.org
- Call 2-1-1
- Text “FOODFL” to 877-877
- Download the Nutrislice app for iOS or Android
About the Town of Palm Beach United Way
Since 1945, the Town of Palm Beach United Way has invested more than $60 million into Palm Beach County because of generous donors who live or work on the island of Palm Beach. We advance the common good creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the three building blocks of education, health and income. The Town of Palm Beach United Way recruits people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become part of the change. For more information, call us at 561.655.1919 or visit www.palmbeachunitedway.org.