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Florida schools offer free meals to students during extended coronavirus closures

Breakfast, lunch available through extended spring break to all Florida students

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All Florida schools will be closed for an extra week following spring break to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus, known as COVID-19, this means students who rely on meals at school would have to go without for two weeks. Thankfully, the state and school districts have enacted free meal pickup programs providing at least two meals a day for all students across the state.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Division of Food, Nutrition, and Wellness launched a website to help families find the closest schools where they can pick up breakfast and lunch during the extended break.

There are more than 930 locations across the state offering this service. Click here to find a pickup location.

“Social distancing and avoiding crowded areas, like school cafeterias, are critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19. But we can’t let Florida’s children go hungry in the meantime,” Department of Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said in an email. “That’s why we’re activating our Summer BreakSpot locations, to offer families an alternative way to find healthy, nutritious meals. For many children, these meals will be the only meals they can count on, so we’re encouraging families to take advantage of this service.”

This program will be helpful to families uncertain how the coronavirus will impact their upcoming paychecks if they are told to stay home -- possibly without pay.

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The same rules apply to all locations across the state. Meals are available to all children under 18 years old. Families can go to any pickup site, their child does not have to be a student at the school. All food must be taken to go.

Below are the pickup locations and times for school districts across Central Florida:

Lake County

Meals will be available for pick-up between 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in the car loop of each school site.

  • Beverly Shores Elementary - 1108 W. Griffin Road, Leesburg 34748
  • Eustis Heights Elementary - 250 W. Atwater Avenue, Eustis 32726
  • Groveland Elementary - 930 Parkwood Street, Groveland 34736
  • Grassy Lake Elementary - 13636 Education Avenue, Minneola 34715
  • Lost Lake Elementary - 1901 Johns Lake Road, Clermont 34711

Flagler County

Meals will be available for pickup between 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at each location from March 23 through March 27:

  • Bunnell Elementary School - 305 N Palmetto Street, Bunnell 32110
  • Indian Trails Middle School - 415 Tuskawilla Road, Winter Springs 32708
  • Wadsworth Elementary - 4550 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast 32164
  • Buddy Taylor Middle School - 4500 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast 32164
  • Flagler-Palm Coast High School - 5500 FL-100 E, Palm Coast 32164
  • Hidden Trails Community Center (10 a.m.-10:30 a.m.) -
  • Carver Gym (10 a.m.-10:30 a.m.) - 206 E Drain St, Bunnell 32110
  • Haw Creek Community Center (11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.) - 9257 Co Rd 304, Bunnell 32110
  • Espanola Community Center (11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.) - 3570 Co Hwy 205, Bunnell 32110

Orange County

The following school sites will have meal pickup between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. beginning March 23:

  • Aloma Elementary School - 2949 Scarlet Road, Winter Park, FL 32792
  • Apopka Middle School - 425 N. Park Ave., Apopka, FL 32712
  • Azalea Park Elementary School - 1 Carol Avenue, Orlando, FL 32807
  • Bonneville Elementary School - 14700 Sussex Dr., Orlando, FL 32826-3899
  • Carver Middle School - 4500 W. Columbia St., Orlando, FL 32811
  • Castle Creek Elementary Schools - 1245 N. Avalon Park Blvd., Orlando, FL 32828
  • Catalina Elementary School - 2448 W.29th Street, Orlando, FL 32805
  • Colonial High School - 6100 Oleander Dr., Orlando, FL 32807
  • Conway Middle School - 4600 Anderson Rd., Orlando, FL 32812
  • Dover Shores Elementary School - 1200 Gaston Foster Rd., Orlando, FL 32812
  • Dr. Phillips High School - 6500 Turkey Lake Road, Orlando, FL 32819
  • East River High School - 650 East River Falcons Way, Orlando, FL 32833
  • Eccleston Elementary School - 1500 Aaron Ave., Orlando, FL 32811
  • Edgewater High School - 3100 Edgewater Dr., Orlando, FL 32804
  • Evans High School - 4949 Silver Star Rd., Orlando, FL 32808
  • Forsyth Woods Elementary School - 6651 Curtis Street, Orlando, FL 32807
  • Frangus Elementary School - 380 Killington Way, Orlando, FL 32835
  • Gotha Middle School - 9155 Gotha Road, Windermere, FL 34786
  • Hungerford Elementary School - 230 College Ave., Maitland, FL 32751
  • Ivey Lane Elementary School - 209 N. Silverton St., Orlando, FL 32811
  • Jones High School - 801 S. Rio Grande Ave., Orlando, FL 32805
  • Lake Gem Elementary School - 4801 Bloodhound St., Orlando, FL 32818
  • Lake Weston Elementary School - 5500 Milan Dr., Orlando, FL 32810
  • Lancaster Elementary School - 6700 Sheryl Ann Dr., Orlando, FL 32809
  • Maxey Elementary School - 602 E. Story Rd., Winter Garden, FL 34787
  • McCoy Elementary School - 5225 S. Semoran Blvd., Orlando, FL 32809
  • Meadow Woods Elementary School - 500 Rhode Island Wood Cir., Orlando FL 32824
  • Meadow Woods Middle School - 1800 Rhode Island Woods Cir., Orlando, FL 32824
  • Memorial Middle School - 2220 W. 29th St., Orlando, FL 32805
  • Mollie Ray Elementary School - 2000 Beecher St., Orlando, Florida 32808
  • Oak Ridge High School - 700 West Oak Ridge Rd., Orlando, FL 32809
  • OCPS ACE K-8 School - 701 W Livingston St., Orlando, FL 32801
  • Orlo Vista Elementary School - 3 N. Hastings St., Orlando FL 32835
  • Pinar Elementary School - 3701 Anthony Lane, Orlando, FL 32822
  • Pine Hills Elementary School - 1006 Ferndell Rd., Orlando, FL 32808
  • Pineloch Elementary School - 3101 Woods Ave., Orlando, FL 32805
  • Rock Lake Elementary School - 408 N. Tampa Ave., Orlando, FL 32805
  • Rolling Hills Elementary School - 3607 Damon Rd., Apopka FL 32703
  • Rosemont Elementary School - 4650 Point Lookout Rd., Orlando, FL 32808
  • Sally Ride Elementary School - 9601 11th Ave., Orlando, FL 32824
  • Shingle Creek Elementary School - 5620 Harcourt Ave., Orlando, FL 32839
  • Tangelo Park Elementary School - 5115 Anzio St., Orlando, FL 32819
  • Union Park Middle School - 1844 Westfall Dr., Orlando, FL 32817
  • University High School – 2450 Cougar Way, Orlando, FL 32817
  • Washington Shores Elementary School - 944 W. Lake Mann Dr., Orlando, FL 32806
  • Wedgefield K-8 School - 3835 Bancroft Blvd., Orlando, FL 32833
  • Wekiva High School - 2501 N. Hiawassee Rd., Apopka, FL 32703
  • Wheatley Elementary School - 1475 Marvin C Zanders Ave., Apopka, FL 32703
  • Wolf Lake Elementary School - 1771 W. Ponkan Rd., Apopka, FL 32712

Osceola County

Meals will be available for pickup between 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at each location from March 23 through April 15:

  • Michigan Avenue Elementary - 2015 S. Michigan Avenue in St. Cloud
  • Lakeview Elementary - 2900 5th Street in St. Cloud
  • Ventura Elementary - 275 Waters Edge Drive in Kissimmee
  • Denn John Middle - 2001 Denn John Lane in Kissimmee
  • Central Avenue Elementary - 500 W. Columbia Avenue in Kissimmee
  • Osceola High - 420 S. Thacker Avenue in Kissimmee
  • Kissimmee Middle - 2410 Dyer Boulevard in Kissimmee
  • Sunrise Elementary - 1925 Ham Brown Road in Kissimmee (Poinciana)
  • KOA Elementary - 5000 Koa Street in Kissimmee (Poinciana)
  • Deerwood Elementary - 3701 Marigold Avenue in Kissimmee (Poinciana)
  • Westside K-8 School - 2551 Westside Boulevard in Kissimmee
  • Cameron Preserve
  • Narcoossee Middle - 2700 N. Narcoossee Road in St. Cloud
  • Liberty High - 4250 Pleasant Hill Road in Kissimmee (Poinciana)
  • Holopaw Church

Polk County

Breakfast and lunch will be available from March 17-20 from 11 a.m. –to 1 p.m. at specific sites serving as food distribution locations. Click here for the full list of locations.

Sumter County

Breakfast and lunch will be available at 8 a.m. and noon:

  • South Sumter High
  • Webster Elementary
  • Lake Panasoffkee Elementary
  • Wildwood Elementary

Seminole County

Meals will be available for pick-up between 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in the car loop of each school site from March 23 to April 14:

  • Casselberry Elementary - 1075 Crystal Bowl Circle, Casselberry, FL 32707
  • English Estates Elementary - 299 Oxford Road, Fern Park, FL 32730
  • Midway Elementary - 2368 Brisson Avenue, Sanford, FL 32771
  • Pine Crest Elementary - 405 W. 27th Street, Sanford, FL 32773
  • Spring Lake Elementary - 695 Orange Avenue, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
  • Wicklow Elementary - 100 Placid Lake Drive, Sanford, FL 32773
  • Winter Springs Elementary - 701 W. S.R. 434, Winter Springs, FL 32708

Additional locations and times:

  • Hamilton Elementary | 11:15 - 12:30 p.m. 1501 East 8th Street, Sanford, FL 32771
  • Seminole High | 10:30 - 11:00 a.m 2701 Ridgewood Ave, Sanford, FL 32773
  • Goldsboro Elementary | 11:10 - 1:00p.m. 1300 W 20th St, Sanford, FL 32771
  • Bookertown Park | 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. Douglas St. & Moton Ave
  • New Life Word Center | 11:45 - 12:30 p.m. 1311 South Oak Avenue, Sanford, FL 32771
  • Crooms High | 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. 2200 Historic Goldsboro Blvd, Sanford, FL 32771
  • Country Club Annex Building| 11:50 - 1:00 p.m. at 46A parking lot, 1722 West Airport Blvd, Sanford, FL 32771
  • Cedar Ridge Ln. at Washington Oaks Park | 10:30 - 10:45 a.m. 101 Sterling Avenue, Sanford, FL 32771

Volusia County

VCS will offer free meals for students during the week of March 23-27 between 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. daily at the following locations:

  • Tomoka Elementary School - 999 Old Tomoka Road, Ormond Beach, FL 32174
  • Osceola Elementary School - 100 Osceola Avenue, Ormond Beach, FL 32176
  • Mainland High School - 1255 W. International Speedway Boulevard, Daytona Beach, FL 32114
  • Campbell Middle School - 625 South Keech Street, Daytona Beach, FL 32114
  • Hinson Middle School - 1860 North Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32117
  • Champion Elementary School - 921 Tournament Drive, Daytona Beach, FL 32124
  • South Daytona Elementary School - 600 Elizabeth Place, South Daytona, FL 32119
  • Port Orange Elementary School - 402 Dunlawton Avenue, Port Orange, FL 32127
  • Spruce Creek Elementary School - 642 Taylor Road, Port Orange, FL 32127
  • Chisholm Elementary School - 557 Ronnoc Lane, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
  • Indian River Elementary school - 650 Roberts Road, Edgewater, FL 32141
  • Taylor Middle/High School - 100 East Washington Avenue, Pierson, FL 32180
  • McInnis Elementary School - 5175 US Highway 17, DeLeon Springs, FL 32130
  • Citrus Grove Elementary School - 729 Hazen Road, DeLand, Fl 32720
  • DeLand High School - 800 North Hill Avenue, DeLand, FL 32724
  • Starke Elementary School - 730 South Parsons Avenue, DeLand, FL 32720
  • Southwestern Middle School - 605 West New Hampshire Avenue, DeLand, FL 32720
  • Freedom Elementary School - 1395 S. Blue Lake Avenue, DeLand, FL 32724
  • Volusia Pines Elementary School - 500 Kicklighter Road, Lake Helen, FL 32744
  • Orange City Elementary School - 555 East University Avenue, Orange City, FL 32763
  • River Springs Middle School - 900 W. Ohio Avenue, Orange City, FL 32763
  • Galaxy Middle School - 2400 Eustace Avenue, Deltona, FL 32725
  • Spirit Elementary School- 1500 Meadowlark Drive, Deltona, FL 32725
  • Pride Elementary School - 1100 Learning Lane, Deltona, FL 32738
  • Deltona Middle School - 250 Enterprise Road, Deltona, FL 32725
  • Osteen Elementary School - 500 Doyle Road, Osteen, FL 32764

This story will be updated as more locations are announced.

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