Summer BreakSpots Opening For Local Kids

Tallahassee, Fl - June 2, 2012

More than 1.6 million kids across Florida can receive free meals during the summer at the Summer BreakSpot, the state’s summer nutrition program for children 18 and under provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

When school lets out, Summer BreakSpots around Leon County and surrounding areas will serve free healthy meals and offer fun learning and recreational activities. Summer BreakSpots will begin opening June 4, 2012.

Families can find locations in their community by calling 2-1-1 or visiting www.summerfoodflorida.org.


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  • by Anonymous on Jun 7, 2012 at 09:47 AM
    It really upsets me to read below that people are mad over this program. This is a situation where tax paper money is going to something that it should! No one said just because you pay taxes your children cannot go to the sites. If you would like your child to get the free meals during the summer then take them to a site and let them get fed! This program is not only for those who cannot feed their children, it is open to everyone. The problem with some people today is that they want something to benefit them and if it helps out others they complain. Imagine yourself in these peoples shoes, possibly choosing between feeding their kids or paying the electric bill. I pay my fair share of taxes too, and this program is not for me at all since I am a college student currently and do not have any children. Am I upset that I am having to pay for this? For having a portion of my income taken that goes towards programs like this? NOT ONE BIT. This program shows something good that can happen from tax payer money, much better than other things that our money goes towards. Plus, if you researched the program you would find that the state gets reimbursed for this program and the amount that the state gets reimbursed is HUGE, and helps with other issues in the state. So please, for all of you who are upset over this program below (not all of everyone below, some comments are very wonderful!) know what you are talking about and think about others.
  • by Grace on Jun 3, 2012 at 07:25 PM
    Nothing is free. At least that what my daddy taught me way back when.....
  • by SWS Location: Tallahassee on Jun 3, 2012 at 05:33 AM
    I can understand your comment. I struggled for years worrying about my kids in the summer time while holding down my full time job. Thank goodness for the Parks and Recreation Summer Program. I felt guilt for all those summer weeks each year, since; I could not begin to afford the many "other" wonderful camps that are advertised here in Leon County. However, I am very grateful to the program, since there was no other option for me. I knew that my kids would be safe, since, they always had responsible camp counselors. Priority has always been, paying "juggling" our bills, being creative in meal planning and trying to put, as much as possible, aside to get new shoes, clothes and necessary school supplies. Over the years, I have taken great pride in my family and our independence. If there are no feeding sites in your area maybe an organization or church based group will open their doors to this program. I don't like the phrase "feeding site"; I think that another phrase should be used. At the web site, it states, " In order for a feeding site to exist in your community, a school district, nonprofit organization, or local government agency must be the program sponsor and be responsible for the administration of the program." A fitness program, learning new crafts, making reading and math fun and strengthening what was learned in the school year should be the priority for every citizen in our community. This is no longer an issue of taxpayer or non-tax payer. Keeping children engaged in activities through-out the summer is just as much of an importance. We are already witnessing another generation of some students that have not found their talents or gifts because of their limits to opportunities. There are children that suffer for the lack of "bottom line" money and this is an issue that goes beyond a race or a gender.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 3, 2012 at 03:58 AM
    If there are no sites in your community, hopefully mobilize your community to sponsor the program. In order for a feeding site to exist in your community, a school district, nonprofit organization, or local government agency must be the program sponsor and be responsible for the administration of the program. To begin mobilizing your community, contact the following people and groups, and tell them there is an interest in the community to feed children in the summer. Contact:
  • by seriously? on Jun 3, 2012 at 03:52 AM
    i am a taxpayer too but the kids shouldn't be punished. you are so ignorant. and how do you know those kids parents aren't working? you sit behind your computer screen and make assumptions. I work a full time job which pays good money I barely have enough with high grocery prices to keep the neccessities much less extra snacks in the fridge.I just left 300 bucks at publix, the cost of fresh fruits,chicken and milk being the most expensive. so if kids need to eat let them. me myself am so glad that the summer program I will be paying full price for will be feeding them breakfast lunch and a snack, other wise I would probaly be skimping on groceries the next few months, if their parents are not working it's not their fsult. I hope you never lose your job or end up disabled because your kids would probaly starve instead of you biting down on your pride and asking for help. Shaking my head. People can be so cruel toward kids?
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      by anon on Jun 3, 2012 at 08:10 PM in reply to seriously?
      didn't say it shouldn't be done. Just wondering why all the freebies are on the southside. I could use the help too. I pay taxes. It really upsets me for someone to say I am coldhearted when all I ask is for the same opportunities for my child and my family. There are tons of freebies for the very low income. Where are the free events, parties, and summertime fun for my kids and the others who do not live southside???
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        by Jane on Jun 12, 2012 at 04:46 PM in reply to anon
        All of those things are waiting for someone like you to organize them!
  • by Tally Girl on Jun 2, 2012 at 08:32 PM
    How wonderful is this. I am glad to see that they offer 4 sites in Leon county where kids can go for healthy snacks this summer. This is a good way to get kids to want to eat healthier.
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      by annonymous on Jun 3, 2012 at 07:56 PM in reply to Tally Girl
      there are many more than 4 sites, almost all on southside
  • by Info. on Jun 2, 2012 at 08:20 PM
    Is your non-profit organization interested in becoming a site to serve summer meals in your community? Contact the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to get contact information for your local Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsor, who would provide the meals to your site: 1-800-504-6609
  • by anon on Jun 2, 2012 at 06:21 PM
    wonder why there are no spots in my area??? Another example of tax payers money going to the none taxpayers. I work and struggle each month to pay my bills and yet my tax dollars going for freebies for others. Nothing offered in my area for my own children.
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      by anon on Jun 7, 2012 at 10:47 AM in reply to anon
      maybe your community doesnt think they need one. An organization in your community has to sponsor it, check it out
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