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Sarasota County School District celebrates 20 years of summer meals

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SARASOTA COUNTY, May 25, 2017 – For the 20th consecutive summer, the Sarasota County School District will operate summer food programs at various schools and community sites. Starting Monday, June 12, the district’s Food and Nutrition Services Department will provide free breakfasts and lunches to children and teens throughout Sarasota and DeSoto counties. Click here for a list of locations, dates and times

Locations and schedules are available by downloading a free mobile app, School Lunch by Nutrislice; or at Times and dates vary by location; meals are served at some locations through Friday, Aug. 4. The 2017-18 school year starts Monday, Aug. 14 in Sarasota County.      

The program provides nutritionally balanced meals to children, regardless of race, color, sex, disability, age or national origin. Any child 18 or younger is eligible to receive meals at no cost. Each site falls into one of three categories: open, open-restricted and closed-enrolled.

At open sites, meals are available to all children, whether or not they are enrolled in a summer program, such as a summer school session, at that site. Children are served on a first-come, first-served basis.

Open-restricted sites are restricted to the space available at the site for security, safety and control reasons. These sites are designed to serve the children in the local community, who will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

Closed-enrolled sites serve only the children enrolled in the program(s) offered at these sites.

All Faiths Food Bank is also making food available for families at several sites and the Sarasota County Library System is joining the partnership again this year.

1.      Food for the whole family will be available for pick-up at several sites. For details and locations call 941-379-6333 or visit
2.      Backpacks with food for children and teens will be available at public libraries throughout Sarasota County. For details and locations call 941-379-6333 or visit or

Click here to read the Sarasota County Schools Food and Nutrition Services non-discrimination statement. 

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