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Summer feeding program begins
June 5, 2019

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Lee County children who may not have access to a meal every day can eat free at a local park or school this summer.

The School District of Lee County Food & Nutrition Services, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Cape Coral Park & Recreation, on Monday kicked off its summer feeding event that stretches to more than 100 locations throughout the county during the summer months.

The program provides children under 18 with a nutritious lunch each weekday through July 26 (except July 4).

"This program is important because our goal is to always feed as many students as we can, especially when they can't for themselves," said Lee County Food & Nutrition Services spokesperson Breanna Gustafson. "Last year we had a great turnout and it was a good opportunity to educate students and parents on the resources available to them when school is out."

Lunches provided will be similar to what children are used to at school, said Gustafson, including turkey and cheese wedges, fruit cups, milk, hamburgers, slushies and lots more.

"Always with a fruit or vegetable," said Gustafson.

Throughout the summer, these numerous locations will provide either an "a.m. snack," "lunch" or "p.m. snack" free to any youth of age. There is no requirement or registration other than age.

Parents and guardians can stay up to date on details and locations offering the Summer Lunch Program by texting "FoodFL" to 877-877, by dialing 2-1-1 or by searching a location on www.SummerBreakSpot.org.

On the website, simply enter your address into the search bar and find what's closest to you.

Each location has a break down of what times, dates and meals are being served. Times meals are served varies, so be sure to check the specifics of your intended location.

"Last year was a lot of fun, we felt a great sense of community," said Gustafson.

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