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Palm Beach County School District encourages families to participate in free summer meal program

Posted at 4:37 PM, Jun 06, 2016

The Palm Beach County School District is offering free breakfast and lunch to anyone under the age of 18 throughout the summer.

The school district launched its 2016 Summer Food Service Program Monday. Every year, schools continue to serve meals like those students eat during the school year, even when class is out. The hope is that children and families who rely on the free and reduced lunch program during the year won't go hungry during the summer.

"You have kids that are home and the refrigerator's empty, and here we have a bounty for them to take, and they don't even know it's available," says Monica Narsiff, cafeteria manager at Highland Elementary School in Lake Worth.

District officials say they hope to get the word out about the 125 locations serving breakfast and lunch on weekdays this summer. Their goal is to give out one-million free meals over the next few months.

"We don't want to keep it a secret," says Palm Beach County School Food Service Specialist Pete Wood. "We want people to know we have the service available for them.

For a list of locations offering the free service this summer, click here.