By: Lanetra Bennett
June 10, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - More than 1.6 million Florida children rely on school lunch throughout the school year. That's according to the state's Department of Agriculture.
That's why the department sponsors a summer program that ensures kids get healthy meals even when school is out.
Tallahassee resident Tuwanna Lightfoot came to church on a Monday.
"We come here for spiritual food. So, we come here for natural food also," she says.
Lightfoot is bringing her kids to have lunch at Friendship Primitive Baptist Church in Tallahassee. The lunch is for free.
Lightfoot says, "I'm very grateful for the program. It means they're getting the same nutrients they would get while they were in school. They're getting the same protection as they would in school."
The meals are provided by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Summer BreakSpot. It's a food program that gives school-aged kids a healthy meal while school is out.
Last year, the program provided more than ten million meals to more than 230,000 children in Florida during the summer.
Leon County Schools partners with the program to help provide the meals at various churches and summer camps in mostly low-income areas.
Recreation Superintendent Kelly Ledbetter says, "This meal gives the kids an opportunity to be able to play without having to worry about where they're going to get their next meal."
The summer food program is at more than 3,400 locations throughout Florida. For locations in our area, and for more information, please see the list
Break-Spot is part of the federally funded Summer Food Service Program.