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Program offers free summer meals for kids

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MANATEE COUNTY, FL (WWSB) - The start of summer means more kids are out of school and at home. For many, this puts a burden on families as many have to buy more groceries and make additional meals they might not be able to afford.

According to state officials, more than 1 million students rely on free and reduced-priced meals at school each year; but what happens to those students during the summer?

Beginning tomorrow, Florida is bringing back the Summer Break Spot Program to help fight hunger and fill the gap during the long summer months.

Manatee County officials say the program was designed to ensure that children have access to nutrition during the summer and return to school healthy, happy and ready to learn.

Through the program, children 18 years old and under can get a free breakfast, lunch and/or snack 5 days a week at meal sites throughout the Suncoast.

The service is not based on a families financial status and is open to all.

For more information and where to find a Summer Break meal sites, visit summerbreakspot.org, download the Nutrislice app or dial 2-1-1 on your phone.

You can also visit the Mysuncoast.com/hunger page for all the information on food banks and summer meal programs in our area. 

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