WFSU News Team
Tue May 22, 2012
Ag Commissioner Putnam launches free summer nutrition program
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam announced the start of a summer nutrition program Tuesday. It's called Summer BreakSpot, and it allows low income students to receive free nutritious meals during the Summer at thousands of locations throughout Florida.
During the school year, more than 1.6 million students receive free or reduced price school meals through the National School Lunch Program. Florida Department of Agriculture Spokesman Sterling Ivey says when school is out, those same students can now get a free healthy meal at more than 2500 locations throughout the state.
“It can keep the momentum of feeding children during the school year at a time when they may not have access to a breakfast or a lunch or a fresh breakfast or a fresh lunch,” said Ivey.
The Florida Department of Agriculture partnered with thousands of community organizations and schools to offer the free meals, which are available for kids and teens 18 and under. For more information on the program or the locations, parents can call 2-1-1 or visit www.summerfoodflorida.org.