The Summer BreakSpot Program provides free summer meals in Florida for kids under 18 while school is out during the summer months. No registration is required!
Free summer lunches and meals are available at community centers, libraries, churches, childcare centers, and local schools. Sites offer free breakfast, lunches, snacks, and/or supper for children under 18.
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Summer Break Spot locations can be found across the entire state of Florida, including more than 50 locations in the area we cover in Lakeland, Winter Haven, and Polk County. Polk County Public Schools announced that lunch service will begin on June 6, 2022.
We also have a schedule of Mobile Food Pantry Pick-Up Locations where additional food is available at no cost.
Where to find Free Summer Lunch Near You
To find a location, visit the Summer Meal Program site finder map, the interactive map will be updated around June 1, 2022. You can also find a location by texting the word “Food” or “Comida” to 304-304.
At most sites, there is no application necessary, and any child 18 or younger can simply come during meal times to receive a free meal.
Note that DATES and HOURS vary at every location. Please note that not all sites are open daily or provide every meal. Review site details prior to visiting, and contact the site directly if you have questions about hours or meals. Get details and contact information for each location in the Summer BreakSpot Location Finder.
Polk County Schools Summer Meal Sites
Many of the locations on the Summer Break Spot website are Polk County Schools. For the past two summers, PCPS also provided to-go breakfast and lunch pick up. For 2022, this is being done through one program – Summer Break Spot – and is coordinated by Polk County Schools. Some Summer Break Spot locations will be at local schools but you may also find them at summer camps, community centers, and other locations.
For updates and additional details visit the Polk County Schools Nutrition Facebook Page.
How is food served at a Summer Break Spot?
Free summer meals are available for kids and teens. Summer BreakSpot sites serve healthy meals that meet USDA guidelines and include a combination of milk, fruits, vegetables, grains, and protein. In previous years lunches were served in a grab-and-go setting, however for 2022, food must be consumed on site. (This is due to a change in government requirements).
About the Florida Summer Break Spot Program
The Summer BreakSpot Program, also called the Summer Food Service Program, is a federal nutrition program that local nonprofits and schools use to ensure that kids in their communities don’t go hungry during the summer. This free summer lunch program is federally funded under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and, in Florida, administered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Sites are locally operated by nonprofit organizations (sponsors) that provide the meals and receive a reimbursement from USDA.
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