In the Palm Beach County public school system, 60,000 students qualify for free and reduced lunch. During the school year, breakfast and lunch are two meals those students don’t have to question getting. But during the summertime, it’s not a guarantee.
Tuesday morning, the “Free Food for Families” program launched to help make sure no one goes hungry.
“These students are students living at or below the poverty line here in Palm Beach County and these bags of food will go towards supplementing their food supply for the summer,” said Palm Beach County School Board member, Erica Whitfield, who represents District 4.
At Northboro Elementary school, packages of food containing a couple of meals were handed out.
Organizers hope the extra food will be shared with little siblings, adults or seniors who can’t make it to the school to pick up.
“The more you give, the better you are and we preach that all day long to give, give, give and that's what we do,” said Richard Beatty, a representative from Sysco which donated the supplies to make the program happen.
The summer feeding program will be offered at a total of 14 schools in Palm Beach County through the end of July.