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Several Central Florida counties take part in the Summer BreakSpot program

Program provides nutritious meals to children in need under the age of 18

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Commissioner of Agriculture, Adam H. Putnam, announced Monday that the Summer BreakSpot program will provide free meals and snacks during the summer months to children 18 and under who are from low-income families.

Aside from offering free, nutritious meals, the Summer BreakSpot program will offer recreational fun and educational activities to students from low-income families to carry them through the summer months. 

Last summer, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Community Service partnered with 3,800 schools and community organizations to provide 15.5 million nutritious meals to children 18 and under. This was a 15-percent increase from 2014, and about a 42-percent increase since the department took over the program in 2012. 

Four counties in the Central Florida area will be participating in the Summer BreakSpot program--: Orange County, Osceola County, Marion County and Polk County. In addition to these four counties, 13 other counties statewide will also take part in the program. 

The mobile Summer BreakSpot fleet is an additional resource used to increase the availability of meals. Renovated school buses, trucks and vans also make stops at recreation centers, parks and other locations that lack an established Summer BreakSpot site.