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Hillsborough County Public Schools to Provide Nutritious Meals Free for All Children 18 and Younger

September 18, 2020

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tanya Arja or Erin Maloney
Office of Communications
813-272-4060

Tampa, Fla. – (September 18, 2020) - Hillsborough County Public Schools continues its commitment to providing balanced meals for our students throughout the pandemic. Beginning Monday, September 21, all children ages 18 and younger (21 and younger for students with special needs) will be able to enjoy a school lunch at no cost.

The USDA announced the extension of free meals for children through December 31. This unprecedented move will allow our school district to offer a free lunch, in addition to the free breakfast already provided to all students. The meal program will be offered to all children in brick and mortar schools as well as those eLearning or in Hillsborough Virtual K-12.

Hillsborough County Public Schools students learning remotely, as well as any child in need of food in the community can take advantage of prepackaged Grab-and-Go meals at 75 school locations across the district. Families can pick up food every Monday and Wednesday only, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (School locations)

“Ensuring our learners have the tools they need to succeed goes far beyond our classrooms. We must continue to provide critical supports to our families during this unprecedented period in our community. Food is the fuel our students need to succeed. We appreciate our Student Nutrition Services team for again stepping up to the plate by continuously preparing nutritious meals for our children,” said Superintendent Addison Davis.

Students are not required to be present at the 75 Grab-and-Go locations. Our district will be utilizing a meal tracker app to ensure meals make it to children in the community. Parents and guardians will be required to either provide a child’s student ID number, or name and date of birth when picking up meals. Meals will be provided curbside at the grab and go locations.

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