Children’s Commission Launches Free Summer Lunch Program

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The Jacksonville Children’s Commission (JCC), the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will partner to provide nutritious snacks and lunches to an estimated 12,000 Duval County children this summer during summer vacation when school breakfasts and lunches are not available beginning Monday, June 13, 2016 through Friday, August 12, 2016.

All eligible* children 18 years of age and under can receive a free nutritionally balanced meal by visiting one of nearly 180 Summer BreakSpot sites located throughout the city at no cost to parents through the Summer Food Service Program. Children do not need to be enrolled in other programming at the site (i.e. camp) to receive a lunch or snack**—they just need to show up during serving times.

Summer BreakSpot meal serving locations will operate in various schools, parks and community centers, WIC & community health centers, libraries, churches, and a hospital. To identify a site in your neighborhood, just look for the “Summer BreakSpot” banner, indicating meal serving times.

To qualify as a Summer BreakSpot serving site, sites must be in an area that serves a school with at least 50 percent of its students enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program, allow access to all neighborhood children, and provide the food free of charge.

A complete list of summer lunch serving sites is attached and also available on the Children’s Commission’s website at www.jaxkids.net. The Jacksonville Children’s Commission is the largest sponsor of the Summer Food Service Program in Duval County. For more information, contact the Commission’s Nutrition Services Department at (904) 630-6430.

In accordance with Federal law, and US Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

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