Beginning next week, the School District of Palm Beach County feeding sites will serve meals on Tuesday and Thursdays, rather than Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The number of meals distributed each week, however, will not decrease.
On Tuesday, April 28, “Grab and Go” meals will be distributed at 35 sites from 9 a.m. to noon. Two days’ worth of “Grab and Go” meals will be distributed.
Beginning Thursday, April 30, the number of food distribution locations will increase to 51 schools across Palm Beach County. Meals will be distributed on Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon. Parents or guardians who pick up meals on Thursday will be picking up a kit with two meals for six days totaling 12 meals for each child.
Starting on Thursday, May 7 meals will be distributed on Thursdays only from 9 a.m. to noon. at 51 locations. Again, parents or guardians who pick up meals on Thursdays will be picking up a kit with two meals for six days for a total of 12 meals for each child.
The Thursday-only distribution schedule will continue until further notice.
Local school feeding sites included in the list of 51 include: Benoist Farms Elementary School, Crestwood Middle School, H.L. Johnson Elementary School, Loxahatchee Groves Elementary School, New Horizons Elementary School, Okeeheelee Middle School, Osceola Creek Middle School, Seminole Ridge High School, Wellington High School and Western Pines Middle School.
Meals are free to anyone 18 years of age and under (22 years of age and younger for ESE students), regardless of financial need. A parent or guardian must be present when picking up food for their child.
To find the location nearest you, visit https://summerbreakspot.freshfromflorida.com.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has provided a waiver to allow parents/guardians to pick up meals without the child being present. The parent needs to provide confirmation of the number of children for which they are picking up meals, by one of the following methods: student ID, student passport, student library card, student birth certificate, or a photo of the adult picking up the meals with the students for whom they are picking up meals.
The parent will show the identification to staff providing the meals, and meals will be provided for the number of children identified. The district follows food distribution rules as outlined by the USDA.
To limit person-to-person contact, remember to adhere to social distancing. Those driving to one of the feeding sites are asked to open the trunk of their car or leave a seat open where staff can place the food. People walking up to a site should remember to maintain a distance of at least six feet. These measures are taken very seriously and are intended to keep everyone safe.
Meals provided may vary by location and may contain allergens. Adults picking up the food are asked to be vigilant and ensure they do not take food if allergies may be a concern. Food should be refrigerated or discarded if not consumed upon receipt.
There are other places in Palm Beach County distributing food on a regular basis:
• Click here for FLIPANY Palm Beach County locations distributing food.
• Click here for information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County locations distributing food.
• Click here for a summary of food sites. When you click this link, scroll down for links to information about Food Sites/Pantry Information/Food Distribution information.
For the list of School District and Community Feeding Sites visit PalmBeachSchools.org/FeedingSites.