Free suppers and snacks for children available at 29 sites beginning May 4

Press release from Alachua County Public Schools

Beginning May 4, Alachua County Public Schools’ Food and Nutrition Services Department (FNS) will provide free suppers and snacks for children age 0-18 at 29 school sites throughout the district. This is in addition to the free breakfast and lunch meals currently provided at 78 schools, community centers, and bus stops in Alachua County.

Distribution of the additional meals will continue through May 29. That will be the last day of school for Alachua County Public School students, based on Governor Ron DeSantis’ announcement that schools would remain physically closed but continue with distance learning until their originally-scheduled closing date.

The extra meals are being provided through the Afterschool Meals Program, which is a part of the federal government’s Child and Adult Care Food Program. Typically the program is used to provide nutritious snacks and meals to children in after-school programs. However, the district recently received federal approval to distribute the extra meals at some of its existing meal distribution sites.

The additional meals and snacks will be distributed Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the sites listed below. The suppers & snacks are available free to all children 0-18, and they do not have to be enrolled at the school to take advantage of the program.

The sites at which suppers/snacks will be provided are:

Alachua ElementaryFoster ElementaryLincoln MiddleShell Elementary
Archer ElementaryGlen Springs ElementaryMeadowbrookTalbot Elementary
Bishop MiddleHidden Oak ElementaryMetcalfe ElementaryTerwilliger Elementary
Buchholz HighHigh Springs CommunityNewberry ElementaryWiles (Snack Only)
Chiles ElementaryIdylwild ElementaryNorton ElementaryWilliams (Snack Only)
Duval Early Learning AcademyIrby ElementaryOak View Middle
Eastside High SchoolLake Forest ElementaryRawlings Elementary
FinleyLittlewood ElementaryReichert House

A full list of the sites providing breakfast, lunch, supper, and snacks is available at www.yourchoicefresh.com and on the district’s COVID-19 page at www.sbac.edu.

For more information, contact Food and Nutrition Services at (352) 955-7539.