Hillsborough Co. mom collecting nonperishable foods for families impacted by extended spring break

The school district also has a plan
Posted at 10:32 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 04:14:53-04

TEMPLE TERRACE, Fla. — A Hillsborough County mother is collecting nonperishable food items to help feed students in need when school is closed.

The Florida Department of Education ordered districts to close for two weeks due to coronavirus concerns.

The Hillsborough County School District said students will not return to school after spring break.

Instead, students will return to school March 30.


Megan McLemore is collecting foods items for students in need at Armada Games in Temple Terrace.

"I got messages from teachers and parents saying what am I going to do...students rely on these food packages for the weekends," said McLemore.

McLemore runs "Food Packs 4 Kids." She usually hands out about 120 food bags every Friday at seven different schools.

She is trying to find a way to get parents the food bags since school is closed.

"I am trying to get these bags to kids because on my end, I don't know who they are and so I am trying to get the word out. 'Food Packs 4 Kids' is still here," said McLemore.


The school district said it is planning to activate its feeding program on March 23. The district does not normally provide meals during Spring Break.

More information will become available at

Agriculture Commissioner Nicole "Nikki" Fried and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services activated their Summer BreakSpot website where parents can find free meals for children under 18 while schools are closed.

The meal locations can be found at

McLemore said she will be giving out food bags on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the open market at Shinobi School located at 11710 N. 51st Street in Temple Terrace.

McLemore is asking for people to drop of donations at Armada Games on N. 56th Street in Temple Terrace.