Free meals for dozens of students in counties affected by Irma

Branches knocked down on the Ernest Hemingway House property in Key West after Hurricane Irma swept through the area

Free meals for dozens of students in counties affected by Irma

All northeast Florida school will be providing free lunch and breakfast to students thru October 20 due to the impact of Hurricane Irma.

THe approved counties include Baker, Brevard, Broward, Citrus, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Glades, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Indian River, Lake, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Polk, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie and Volusia.

The USDA also granted schools the flexibility to operate the Summer Meals Program for unanticipated school closures during the school year. "Florida is now reporting shortages of certain food products, so these sensible and timely flexibilities will ensure children receive the assistance needed". The USDA is providing flexibility regarding when kids can be fed, given the preparation challenges caused by Irma.

The meals, provided by the USDA's National School Lunch Program, will potentially feed 2.5 million children in more than 3,000 schools across the state.

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