Free Meals for All Manatee County Kids and Teens Through December 31st

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SRQ DAILY FRIDAY WEEKEND EDITION FRIDAY SEP 11, 2020

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be bringing back the Free Summer Meals program for all children, 18 and younger, through December 31, 2020. This program will allow the School District of Manatee County’s Food and Nutrition Services to serve free meals to all children into the fall months helping to ensure that children have access to nutritious food as Manatee County recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starting Monday, September 14th, all students who attend school five-days-a-week can get a free breakfast and free lunch every day at school through December 31st. No meal benefit application is needed during this time. Students attending on a Hybrid schedule can receive free breakfast and lunch on the days they are in school and take-home free breakfast and lunch for the three days they are out of school.

Starting Monday, September 14th, eLearning Manatee students and all children, 18 and younger, can receive free breakfast and lunch for the school week available for curbside pick-up at any school on Mondays between 9:30 am – 10:30 am. Parents/guardians do not have to register for these meals they can simply drive up and pick up. These meals will contain frozen and refrigerated items. For cooking and heating instructions please visit www.ManateeSchoolFood.net. For locations of pick-up, please contact the school’s cafeteria manager.

The health and safety of all students is a primary concern for Food & Nutrition Services. All Food & Nutrition Service workers follow strict health and safety regulations including wearing masks and face shields, frequent handwashing and wearing gloves. Meals will be prepackaged and delivered to cars without contact with the receiver during curbside meal distribution. During school, students are served their food in closed containers.

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