Children who normally eat lunch at school when classes are in session have a free alternative during the summer months.
Both Hillsborough and Pasco counties are participating in a summer food service program that provide free lunches and afternoon snacks at numerous sites around each county.
The program begins on June 13 and concludes on Aug. 3.
The sites are situated in areas where at least half of the children qualify for free or reduced price meals during the school year. The meals and snacks will be offered at local parks and other community locations to all children under 18 in the area.
No applications are required and summer camp registration is not required.
The Summer Food Service program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.
Here are some sites that are providing free lunches and snacks. Check with the sites to find out hours of operation.
Hillsborough County (partial listing):
- Northdale Recreation, 15550 Spring Pine Drive
- North Tampa Boys and Girls Club, 2313 Yukon St.
- North Tampa Recreation Center, 8608 12th St.
(For more Hillsborough sites, go to HillsboroughCounty.org/SummerFood)
Pasco County (partial listing):
- Arbours Mobile, 12861 Stately Oak St., Dade City
- Centennial Middle, 38505 Centennial Road, Dade City
- Cypress Farms Mobile, 38727 Patti Lane, Dade City
- Farm Workers Self-Help, 37124 Lock St., Dade City
- James Irvin Civic Center, 38122 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dade City
- Lacoochee Elementary, 38815 Cummer Road, Dade City
- Lake George Mobile, 15246 Davis Loop, Dade City
- Lewis Abraham Lacoochee Unit, 38274 Mudcat Grant Blvd., Dade City
- Pasco Elementary, 37350 Florida Ave., Dade City
- Pasco High, 36850 State Road 52, Dade City
- New River Elementary, 4710 River Glen Blvd., Wesley Chapel
- Quail Hollow Elementary, 7050 Quail Hollow Blvd., Wesley Chapel
- Thomas Weightman Middle School, 30649 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel
- Watergrass Elementary, 32750 Overpass Road, Wesley Chapel
- Wesley Chapel High, 30651 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel
- Chester W. Taylor, 3628 Morris Bridge Road, Zephyrhills
- Crystal Springs Mobile, 1655 Partridge Blvd., Zephyrhills
- East Pasco YMCA, 37301 Chapel Hill Loop, Zephyrhills
- R.B. Stewart Middle, 38505 10th Ave., Zephyrhills
- Thomas Promise, 6851 Wire Road, Zephyrhills
- West Zephyrhills Elementary, 37900 14th Ave., Zephyrhills
- Zephyrhills High, 6335 12th St., Zephyrhills
- Land O’ Lakes Recreational Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes
- Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Land O’ Lakes
- Odessa Park Community Center, 1627 Chesapeake Drive, Odessa
For additional information, check the Pasco County Schools website at Pasco.k12.fl.us.
Published June 15, 2016