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School district opens free meal site on-island

By Staff | May 12, 2020

The School District of Lee County recently added an island site as part of its Summer BreakSpot free meals program, offering daily “Grab & Go” breakfast and lunch combination bags for youths.

At the end of April, a pick-up location opened at the Sanibel Community Church. From 10 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday, ages 18 and under can receive the free meal bag. The district reported:

– All children 18 and under are qualified.

– If each child is not present, we ask for a form of identification to verify. It can be anything from a school ID, report card or family photo.

– For everyone’s safety, there will be little contact – “Grab & Go”

– The meals will be bagged with breakfast and lunch.

The district began setting up the meal service sites throughout the county in March.

Lauren Couchois, director of Food & Nutrition Services for the district, previously explained that the program operates through the normal summer feeding program by using the schools and community partners, like the church. It received a special waiver to offer the meals during the COVID-19 closure.

The Summer BreakSpot free meals program came from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness Commissioner Nikki Fried.

Couchois said the bags will include breakfast favorites and sandwiches for lunch.

“They receive two meals in one bag,” she said.

With two meals provided, participants must return daily to receive another day’s worth of meals.

About 70 percent of students take advantage for the free lunch program in Lee County, while 30 percent of students take part in breakfast. Nearly 95,000 students go to Lee County schools.

For more information, visit www.leeschools.net/parent_portal/covid-19/meal_pick_up_sites.

The Sanibel Community Church is at 1740 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.