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Feeding Students During the Extended School Break

The encompassing rash of unexpected, extended school closures have many people wondering one thing: will our community’s students still get fed? There are many local students who are dependent on our schools for lunch and breakfast, and we are so thrilled that services will continue in spite of the new restrictions.

This information has been updated as of April 4th, 2020. Please review the St Johns County School District website for any additional changes. 

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The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumers Services and USDA have approved continued meal service with a focus on areas of eligibility based on economic need. For more information, please visit www.summerbreakspot.org.

  • Meals will be provided through a walk-up and drive-thru service in the parent drop off loop at the participating locations.
  • The meals will be provided to children 18 years or younger. Children must be present to receive meals.
  • Children may receive meals at the nearest participating site, even if it is not where they attend school. This eliminates the need for families to drive to multiple schools.
    Each day, lunch for that day and breakfast for the next day will be provided at the same time.
  • All school sites will operate from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will continue until further notice.
  • All community sites will operate 11 a.m. to Noon. and will continue until further notice.

The following sites will be participating under this program:

Participating School Sites

  • John A. Crookshank Elementary
  • Gamble Rogers Middle
  • R.J. Murray Middle
  • Osceola Elementary
  • Sebastian Middle
  • South Woods Elementary
  • The Webster School

Participating Community Sites

  • W.E Harris Community Center in Hastings
  • Woodlawn Apartments
  • NEW – Buzz Mart located at 9895 CR 13, Hastings, FL 32145
  • NEW – Flagler Estates Park located on Oliver Avenue near intersection of Kathy Street
  • NEW – Intersection of Allison Avenue and Palatka Boulevard

Meal services will also be provided at select schools that are not included in the need-based Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and USDA programs.

  • These meals are intended for children in need of meals during the unanticipated school closings, typically those who participate in the school lunch program based on need.
  • Meals will be provided through a walk-up and drive-thru service in the parent drop off loop at the participating schools.
  • The meals will be provided to children 18 years or younger. Children must be present to receive meals.
  • Children may receive meals at the nearest participating school, even if it is not where they attend school. This eliminates the need for families to drive to multiple schools.
    • Each day, lunch for that day and breakfast for the next day will be provided at the same time.
  • All sites will operate from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will continue until further notice.

Please note the list of participating locations below, as some sites which were listed previously are no longer included.

Participating School Sites

  • Fruit Cove Middle
  • PVPV-Rawlings Elementary
  • Pacetti Bay Middle
  • Palencia Elementary
  • Patriot Oaks Academy
  • R.B. Hunt Elementary
  • Switzerland Point Middle
  • Timberlin Creek Elementary
  • Valley Ridge Academy
 
Where can I donate items or volunteer to assemble meal packages?

Blessings In A Backpack – Join the Blessings Meal Brigade to help serve children who don’t have access to food after school and on weekends. Email [email protected] to be added to the Meal Brigade.

Blessings Meal Pack suggestions include:

  • Pop Top Entrees (beefaroni, soup, chili)
  • Low Sodium Jerky
  • Dried Fruit
  • Whole wheat crackers
  • Yogurt covered raisins or pretzels.
  • Plain/Unfrosted Pop-Tarts
  • Veggie Chips/Straws
  • Lara Bars/Nutri-Grain Bars
  • Plain or parmesan cheese dusted popcorn
  • Apple Sauce and/or Fruit Cups with tight-fitting seals/lids
  • Oatmeal-based cookies or bars, or packets
  • Small Waters & Gatorades
  • Boxed Raisins

Deliver donations to Hagan Ace Hardware St. Augustine (3033 A1A South St. Augustine, FL 32080), care of Lisa Beaton, during regular business hours beginning Tuesday, March 17. Please packaged items in bags that are stapled or sealed and labeled “BLESSINGS.”

Hunger Fight  – Monetary donations and assistance with food packing events to feed 25,000 students in St. Johns, Duval and Clay Counties, three times a day for one month.

Additional Food Pantry Services

Catholic Charities Pantry (Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – noon, 1-3 p.m.). Please have SSN and photo ID.

Epic Cure (Thursday Warehouse Distribution, 4:00-6:00PM, sign-in begins at noon).

  • You MUST sign-in even if you come after Distribution has begun (location of sign-in will shift at 4pm – see person directing traffic)
  • Remain inside your vehicle at all times, please pull through in vehicle and we will come to you to sign you in
  • You will receive a time slot to return (further details will be given at time of sign-in)
  • DISTRIBUTION (starts at 4pm)
  • Return at your allotted time and pull your vehicle into line (we will be checking off the list)
  • STAY INSIDE your VEHICLE at ALL TIMES
  • Follow the traffic attendants directions
  • A pre-packed box will be placed in your vehicle by our volunteers
  • You will be able to choose the type of meat your family wants, but not the actual pack (we must have everyone stay inside their vehicle)

Family Worship Center (Thursdays, 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.)

Our Lady of Good Counsel Church (3rd Saturday of each month, 10:00 a.m – noon) & the preceding Tuesday, 5:00 -7:00 p.m.)

We will continue to update as services become available. The last thing moms need right now is to worry about feeding their children. The village is ready to help. 

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