All Students Eligible for Free School Lunch until October 20
For Immediate Release
Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications
Tampa, Fla. – (September 19, 2017) – All Hillsborough County Public Schools students can enjoy free school lunch through October 20, regardless of their eligibility status. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is making the temporary change to make it easier for school districts affected by Hurricane Irma to feed students.
Hillsborough County Public Schools’ Student Nutrition Services team provided 34,000 meals per day to evacuees at more than 40 of our schools serving as shelters during Hurricane Irma. More than 29,000 of our neighbors sought shelter in one of our schools.
Many families lost power during the storm and did not have access to hot meals for a period of time. There are also reports of shortages of certain food products across the state. The free school lunches, in addition to the free breakfast which is already in place for all children, will ensure students have healthy, nutritious meals during this time of need.
Students will only need to enter their student ID number after getting their meal in the lunch line.
This initiative will potentially impact more than 1,800 schools and 1.4 million children across the State of Florida.