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After Hurricane Irma, There Is A Free Lunch


All students in 48 Florida counties will be eligible for free lunches after the U.S. Department of Agriculture decided to help communities hardest hit by Hurricane Irma.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam says the free lunches will be available until October 20th. The counties cover most of the state and are part of an expanded federal emergency disaster declaration.

As many as 3,000 schools and 2.5 million students could benefit.

School district officials say many of the students impacted by Irma are getting their only regular meals through the free lunch program.

In North Florida, the counties include Baker, Columbia, Lafayette, Levy, Nassau, Suwannee and Union.

A Miami native, former WFSU reporter Jim Ash is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, most of it in print. He has been a member of the Florida Capital Press Corps since 1992.