Schools open for free breakfast and lunch
Parents do not have to worry about preparing, packing or even paying for a nutritious breakfast or lunch for their children Monday through Friday for most of the summer.
Children 18 years of age and younger can get a free meal twice a day from June 3 until July 26 at four main sites throughout the county as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program, which is also known as the Summer BreakSpot program.
The program provides children with hot and cold meals such as burgers and sandwiches as well as fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the summer.
The four main sites participating in the program are Callahan Elementary School at 449618 U.S. 301, Callahan; Hilliard Middle-Senior High School at 1 Flashes Ave., Hilliard; Wildlight Elementary School at 550 Curiosity Ave., Yulee and Southside Elementary School, 1112 Jasmine St., Fernandina Beach.
Breakfast is served 9-10 a.m. Monday through Friday while lunch is served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A number of smaller sites are also participating in the program, but meal times and days will vary.
Jenny Carter-Nye, a food service specialist with the Nassau County School District, said that participants are encouraged to go to one of the four main sites rather than the smaller ones listed on the “Summer BreakSpot” website due to shorter time periods for meals and different hours and days that the meals might be available.
“At the main sites we have the ability to cook on-site. The others are delivered meals,” Carter-Nye said.
Rregistration is not required to participate in the program. For details about the times and dates of operation for all participating sites, go to https://summerbreakspot.freshfromflorida.com.
Meals will be served Monday through Friday through July 26, except for July 4.