Free meals for Lee County children during summer with Summer BreakSpot

Started Monday, the School District of Lee County is keeping children fed while school is out with its summer feeding program called “BreakSpot.” Kids 18 and younger in Lee County are eligible for free meals during summer break.

At Paul Sanborn Park in Cape Coral kids were celebrating the beginning of summer break on Monday, and getting a healthy meal too.

One of those kids, Jaelynn, said, “I have a sandwich, a fruit cup, High-C, and goldfish.”

The District has partnered with Florida’s Summer BreakSpot program to keep children healthy and nourished while they’re enjoying their break, with meals being served at more than 75 Lee County locations between June 21 and July 28.

There are no income requirements, your child just has to be 18 or younger to take part. This partnership has been in place for over 20 years, and the District says providing summer meals to students is one of the most important services it provides.

The kids even did jump rope, hula hoops, and a variety of other games.

Donnell Fields is in charge of bringing the fun and he said the activities are a way for kids to forget about food insecurities, “We’re able to feed as many kids as we can feed but also provide them with a ton of activities and fun and interaction with other children.”

This program has been a hit in the past, with a lot of parents saying they were actually surprised by how healthy the meals are. You can find food pick-up locations in other counties online.

Reporter:Taylor Wirtz
Nicole Gabe
Writer:Joey Pellegrino
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