On March 25, 2020, Terre Abbruzzino, food services manager at North Port High School, helps distribute free meals to families.

SARASOTA COUNTY — Starting June 22, Sarasota County Schools’ food and nutrition services department will offer weekly, free summer meal distributions.

FNS will be providing children a week’s worth of free breakfasts and lunches. Any child under the age of 18 is eligible to receive these meals. Families may sign up for their meals this week.

Families accessing the meal service must bring their child with them, or have at least one of the following forms of ID with them at the drive-thru meal pickup: student ID, child’s state ID, copy of a report card or copy of a child’s birth certificate.

This program is free, but participants will be asked to submit reservations for food ahead of time to help FNS team ensure adequate supplies at each location. Registration is available at bit.ly/3q5vq9U.

The food will be distributed in a “drive-thru” fashion.

“There will be milk and fresh vegetables as well,” said Kelsey Whealy, spokesperson for Sarasota County schools. “Items will vary, based on supplies. All Faiths Food Bank will have supplement food items available as well.”

Food will be distributed at the following locations, dates and times:

• North Port High School, 6400 W Price Blvd., from 9 to 11 a.m. on June 22, June 29, July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27.

• Venice High School, 1 Indian Ave., from 9 to 11 a.m. on June 22, June 29, July 13, July 20, July 27 (This site will be closed July 6).

For more information, contact the Sarasota County Schools food and nutrition services team at 941-486-2199.

Also check the FNS’ summer feeding programs webpage throughout the summer for updates, food reservation links and additional resources for meals.


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