Every child deserves a carefree summer break, but for many kids, it means an end to the free and reduced-price school meals they depend on during the school year. For hardworking families, adding these meals to the budget means making difficult decisions between food and other essential life necessities. With persistently high food prices, this summer is proving hard on parents and kids alike.
Fortunately, there is hope, and that hope is you. Thank to your generous support, families and kids in Brevard, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Volusia counties can access nutritious summer meals through mobile distributions, partner pantries, and summer meal sites. By working together, we can ensure that every child gets to experience the summer they deserve - one full of carefree fun, laughter, and access to the vital nutrition they need to thrive.
Learn about the different ways your support makes a difference below:
Families and kids across seven Central Florida counties can access a network of 625 emergency food pantries and mobile food distributions. Type your zip code in the food finder tool to find a pantry near you. Visit www.feedhopenow.org/need to view additional resources.
Second Harvest's Summer Food Service program provides free meals for kids 18 and under, Monday through Friday, from June 1 to August 4, 2023. As part of the State of Florida's Summer Break Spot program, 65 locations distribute meals across Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties.
With the help of volunteers, wholesome meals are packaged at Mercy Kitchen and delivered daily to daycares, summer camps, parks, libraries, and other places children gather. Menus are designed to meet nutritional guidelines and taste-tested by kids. An emphasis is placed on whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables, lean proteins, and dairy.
To find a Summer Break Spot site, visit www.summerbreakspot.org, call 2-1-1 or text FOOD to 877-877.