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Hillsborough Schools to Expand “Grab and Go” Meal Sites to 147 Schools

March 27, 2020

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications
813-272-4060

Tampa, Fla. – (March 27, 2020) – In an effort to provide a greater number of children with the necessary nutritional essentials, Hillsborough County Public Schools will expand our “Grab and Go” meal sites to 147 school sites.

Beginning on Monday, March 30, our district will significantly increase the number of schools that offer a nutritious meal for anyone 18 years old and younger – going from 23 to 147 school sites (see list below). This expansion represents an 84% increase in sites and provides a clear message that the well-being of students are our greatest priority.

Student Nutrition Services worked diligently with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to obtain approval to increase more sites – allowing our district to feed more children closer to their homes.

Our “Grab and Go” meals have already had a tremendous impact on the children in our community. So far this week, our Student Nutrition Services staff and workers with our transportation office have served nearly 84,000 meals – each meal includes both a breakfast and lunch portion. The need for meals has steadily increased each day this week.

Each location will start serving food to those 18 years old and under at 9 a.m. and remain open until 1 p.m. daily. Students are only allowed to receive food one time each day; however, they can pick up both breakfast and lunch at that one time.

In addition, next week, our bus drivers and staff will transport meals and instructional materials into neighborhoods beginning on Monday, March 30. The pickup sites can be found on our website.

“Our school district understands the immediate need to offer additional “Grab and Go” sites. Many families depend on the school district to provide breakfast and lunch for their students. With schools being closed, we must think differently and find proactive solutions to extend nutritious meals to our learners that will allow them to remain focused and intellectually sharp. I am ecstatic that we are able to expand our efforts and help communities and families in need” stated Addison Davis.

In our district, 63% of our students – about 123,000 children – quality for free and reduced price meals.

“We know many of our families are struggling and we must do all we can to break down barriers for our children. I am so proud of our student nutrition staff and our transportation employees for working hard and being that comfort for our families. These meals will ensure that students have accessibility to nutritious meals and have a strong start to their eLearning experience,” said Melissa Snively, School Board Chair.

 North and West  Central  South and East
 Adams  Armwood  Barrington
 Alexander  Bing  Bevis
 Bellamy  Blake  Bloomingdale
 Bryant  Bowers-Whitley  Brandon
 Alonso  Broward  Brooker
 Buchanan  Chiaramonte  Bryan
 Cannella  Clair-Mel  Burney
 Chamberlain  Cleveland  Cimino
 Claywell  Coleman  Collins
 Davidsen  Colson  Cork
 Davis  DeSoto  Corr
 Dickenson  Edison  Cypress Creek
 Egypt Lake  Ferrell Magnet  Dawson
 Essrig  Folsom  Doby
 Freedom  Foster  Dover
 Gaither  Franklin  Durant
 Greco  Giunta  East Bay
 Heritage  Graham  FishHawk Creek
 Hunter's Green  Hillsborough  Gibsonton
 Jefferson  James  Jackson
 King  Kenly  Kingswood
 Lake Magdalene  Kimbell  Knights
 Leto  Madison  Lennard
 Lowry  Mango  Lithia Springs
 Lutz  McDonald  Lopez
 Maniscalco  Mendenhall  Mann
 Miles  Middleton  Marshall
 Mintz  Monroe  Mulrennan
 Morgan Woods  Oak Grove  Nelson
 Mort  Oak Park  Pinecrest
 Pizzo  Orange Grove  Plant City
 Pride  Palm River  Reddick
 Schwarzkopf  Plant  Riverview Elem.
 Shaw  Potter  Riverview High
 Sickles  Progress Village  Rodgers
 Sligh  Rampello  Ruskin
 Smith  Robinson High  Sessums
 Steinbrenner  Robles  Shields
 Tampa Palms  Schmidt  Spoto
 Temple Terrace  Seminole  Springhead
 Turner Bartles  Sheehy  Strawberry Crest
 Twin Lakes  Shore  Symmes
 Walker  Stewart  Trapnell
 Webb  Sulphur Springs  Turkey Creek
 West Tampa  Tampa Bay Blvd.  Valrico
 Wharton  Tinker  Walden Lake
 Woodbridge  Washington, B. T.  Wilson Elem.
   West Shore  Wimauma
   Wilson Middle  
   Witter  
   Woodson K-8  
   Young  


Each location will start serving food to those 18 years old and under on Monday, March 23, at 9 a.m. and remain open until 1 p.m. daily. Federal guidelines require students are present to receive food. Students are only allowed to receive food one time each day, however they can pick up both breakfast and lunch at that one time.

On Monday, March 23, at 8:45 a.m., Hillsborough Schools Superintendent Addison Davis will be available at Sligh Middle School for interviews and to assist with the food distribution. Sligh Middle School is located at 2011 E. Sligh Ave., Tampa.

While we encourage parents and caregivers to drive to our locations, we will be accepting walk-ups. The food will be distributed directly from our school buses which will be set up in the designated car line at the schools listed above.

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