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Sarasota County Schools to Launch LET’S EAT!, a Summer Feeding Program to Fuel Young Minds and Bodies this Summer

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Summer Hunger Program in Partnership with the All Faith’s Food Bank to Feed Children throughout Sarasota County

SARASOTA COUNTY, June 5, 2018 – More than 50 percent of students attending Sarasota County Schools are eligible for free and reduced lunch. During the summer months, many of these students and their younger siblings will go hungry and not have enough to eat. Sarasota County Schools, in conjunction with the All Faith’s Food Bank and USDA, will embark on a summer feeding program to ensure healthy minds and bodies this summer by providing free breakfast and lunch meals to children throughout Sarasota County, including Atwater Elementary, Booker Middle, Brookside Middle, Cranberry Elementary, Emma E. Booker Elementary, Fruitville Elementary, Glenallen Elementary, Gocio Elementary, Gulf Gate Elementary, Heron Creek Middle School, Lamarque Elementary, Tuttle Elementary and Wilkinson Elementary schools Monday through Thursday. For a full list of participating schools and community sites throughout the district visit www.SummerBreakSpot.FreshFromFlorida.com. Anyone 18 or younger is eligible to receive free meals. This is the twenty-first year Sarasota County Schools has implemented a summer feeding program to end hunger throughout the district.

“I don’t know of any other school district who tackles summer hunger like Sarasota County,” commented Scott Lempe, assistant superintendent and COO of Sarasota County Schools. “Despite the affluence of our community, many of our children go hungry every day. This program helps us fulfill an honorable obligation to ensure children remain happy and healthy during the summer months.”

“We are just delighted to bring delicious foods and meals to young children throughout the school district this summer,” noted Dr. Beverly Girard, director of Food and Nutrition Services. “All too often children go to bed hungry in our community. We need to ensure all children have access to healthy breakfast and lunch meals to promote young minds and bodies during the summer months. This ensures they return to school in the Fall on par with their peers.”

Starting June 4* through July 19, the following Sarasota County Schools will offer free breakfast and lunch meals Monday through Thursday:

  • Atwater Elementary School:  8 – 8:30 a.m.; 11:30 – 12:30 p.m.
  • Booker Middle School:  7:15 – 7:45 a.m.; 11 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Brookside Middle School:  7 – 7:30 am.; 11 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Cranberry Elementary School:  8 – 8:30 a.m.; 11 – 12:15 p.m.
  • Emma E. Booker Elementary School:  8 – 8:45 a.m.; 11:30 – 12:30 p.m.
  • Fruitville Elementary School:  8:15 – 9:15 a.m.; 11 – 12:30 p.m.
  • Glenallen Elementary School:  8 – 8:30 a.m.; 11:30 – Noon
  • Gocio Elementary School:  8 – 8:45 a.m.; 11 – Noon
  • Gulf Gate Elementary School:  8:15 – 9 a.m.; 11 – 12:15 p.m.
  • Heron Creek Middle School:  7 – 7:30 a.m.; 11 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Lamarque Elementary School:  8 – 8:30 a.m.; 10:45 – 12:15 p.m.
  • Tuttle Elementary School:  8 – 8:30 a.m.; 11:30 – 12:30 p.m.
  • Wilkinson Elementary School:  8 – 8:30 a.m.; 11 – 11:45 a.m.

In addition, the following Sarasota County Schools will provide a mix of fresh produce, meats and groceries in conjunction with the All Faith’s Food Bank Mobile Pantry program June 4* through August 21:

  • Booker Middle School:  Jun 4, Jun 18, Jul 2, Jul 16, Aug 6, Aug 20 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Brentwood Elementary School:  Jun 11, Jul 9, Aug 13 from 4:30 – 6 p.m.
  • Fruitville Elementary School:  Jun 20, Jul 18, Aug 15 from 4:30 – 6 p.m.
  • Gulf Gate Elementary School:  Jun 19, Jul 17, Aug 21 from 4:30 – 6 p.m.
  • Riverview High School:  Jun 5, July 3, Aug 7 from 4:30 – 6 p.m.

*Dates and times are subject to change.

Also, bags of kid-friendly food can be picked up by children 18 and under at most Sarasota County Libraries this summer.

Throughout the summer months, Sarasota County Schools will post healthy nutrition and exercise tips, summer reading book lists and other facts for families to use while at home or on vacation via their Facebook and Twitter pages using the hashtag #LetsEatSCS. Video showcasing the summer feeding program will also be posted. Anyone interested in learning more about the All Faith’s Food Bank can do so at their website.  

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