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Baby formula and baby food added to school district summer meal program

Press release from Alachua County Public Schools

Children 18 years old and younger can receive free breakfast and lunch during the summer months through the Alachua County Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) department.

The Summer Meals Program, funded by the federal government, is open to any child regardless of family income. The meals are served at local schools and other sites offering summer programs. The ACPS On Point Food Truck will bring meals to three locations in the South West Advocacy Group (SWAG) area, including Hidden Oaks, Majestic Oaks, and the SWAG Family Resource Center. 

Children do not have to be enrolled at a particular school or program to receive meals. They also do not have to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals during the regular school year to take advantage of the program. Children do need to eat the meal on-site, and families going to schools for meals are asked to check in at the front office. 

The Summer Meals Program provides nutritionally balanced meals to all children during summer vacation when school breakfasts and lunches are not available. All children 18 years old and younger are eligible, and families can take advantage of the program at any of the 74 local sites. Baby formula, cereal, and food are also available, although families should call the FNS office at (352) 955-7539 a day ahead of time to make those arrangements. 

“Families can take their children to the site that’s most convenient for them,” said Maria Eunice, Director of the district’s Food and Nutrition Services department. “They just show up during the serving times and enjoy a nutritious meal, with no registration required.”

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Most sites will be up and running on June 1st. The dates and times that meals will be served will vary from site to site. Details are available at www.yourchoicefresh.com (click on the banner labeled ‘Free Summer Meals’) or by calling (352) 955-7539.

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