Polk County Public Schools will continue providing meals for students during summer 2021. Meals are available to all Polk County children ages 18 and under, including students of public, private and charter schools, preschools, and homeschool students.
This summer there are three options for picking up summer meals for kids:
School Locations – Lunches can be picked up at specific schools between 10:30am-12:30pm each Thursday. A week’s worth of food will be distributed to children 18 and under at these locations.
Community Curbside Pick-Up Locations – There will also be community curbside pick up locations across Polk County that provide grab and go meals. These sites are open Monday and Thursday and will give half a week’s worth of food on each day.
Daily Bus Stops – Daily bus stops will give one meal per day.
No registration required to pick up meals at any of these locations. Children do not have to be present but if they are not, a form of ID will need to be presented for each child.
For updates and additional details visit the Polk County Schools Nutrition Facebook Page.
The Summer BreakSpot Program also provides free meals during the summer for kids 18 and under, all of these PCPS sponsored locations are listed on that website, plus some additional Summer Break Spot locations.
We also have a schedule of Mobile Food Pantry Pick-Up Locations where additional food is available at no cost.
Polk County School Lunch Distribution Locations
Note that not all schools will be distributing lunches, be sure to check the list to find a school near you. You can pick up a meal at ANY OF THE LOCATIONS where meals are offered. YOUR CHILDREN DO NOT HAVE TO ATTEND THAT LOCATION. These schools will provide grab and go meals each Thursday from 10:30am-12:30pm.
School Locations across Polk County:
Auburndale – Auburndale Central
Auburndale – Caldwell Elementary
Auburndale – Lena Vista Elementary
Bartow – Bartow Middle
Bartow – Spessard Holland Elementary
Davenport – Citrus Ridge Elementary
Davenport – Loughman Oaks
Davenport – Ridge High
Eagle Lake – Eagle Lake Elementary
Fort Meade – Lewis
Frostproof – Ben Hill Griffin
Haines City – Alta Vista
Haines City – Haines City High
Lake Alfred – Lake Alfred Elementary
Lake Wales – McLaughlin Middle
Lakeland – Crystal Lake Elementary
Lakeland – Highlands Grove
Lakeland – Lake Gibson Middle
Lakeland – Scott Lake Elementary
Lakeland – Sleepy Hill Elementary
Lakeland – Socrum
Lakeland – Southwest Elementary
Lakeland / Bartow – Spessard Holland Elementary
Lakeland / Mulberry – Sikes Elementary
Mulberry – Mulberry Middle
Mulberry – Sikes Elementary
Poinciana – Palmetto Elementary
Winter Haven – Chain of Lakes Elementary
Winter Haven – Garden Grove
Winter Haven – Pinewood Elementary
Winter Haven – Westwood Middle
Community Pick Up Locations + Bus Stops for School Lunch
These are community curbside locations where you can pick up 3-4 days of meals each Monday and Thursday. Bus Stop locations will provide one meal per day. Check directly with the Polk School Nutrition Facebook Page for any changes to this schedule.
Wondering why Polk Schools provide free meals during the summer?
“Many children depend on school meals, creating a significant hunger gap during the summer months. Polk County Public Schools partners with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to feed children through its Summer BreakSpot nutrition program; funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.” Source