June 2015- Many of our local children depend on school breakfast and lunch as their only meals for the day. Out of concern that these children may not have access to food during the summer, the US Department of Agriculture and the Florida Department of Agriculture along with numerous organizations have continued to ban together to create and promote local meal sites during school break throughout Florida. Families can access this information by calling 2-1-1 or visiting the SummerFoodFlorida.org website.
As a part of this collaboration- the 2-1-1 organizations statewide will assist callers in finding these meal sites for their children and also other food programs and services to help their families.
Last year the School District of Palm Beach County had close to 70,000 low income students partaking of free school lunch…and several thousands more on the reduced cost meals.
“I would really like to see families reach out to 211 for SummerBreak Spot meal site information- as it is important to address the family’s basic need for food and other crucial services from programs that the adults may not know exist.” Said Patrice Schroeder, Public Information Officer for 211.
In times of crisis or for everyday needs, 211 staff are available around the clock making it easy for people to access information on community resources and services, simply by calling 211. Calls to 211 are also free, confidential, and available 24/7. Help and Hope Start Here! Also visit www.211palmbeach.org.
Nonprofit 211 Helpline’s mission is to connect people to services 24 hours a day by understanding their individual emotional, financial and community needs and to support the health & human service system as a whole.