HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. -- The Hillsborough County School District will now be distributing emergency meals one day per week, providing students with a week's worth of food at a time.
Due to new CDC guidelines and a statewide safer-at-home order, district leaders say they want to minimize contact between Student Nutrition Services workers and families.
Families will now be able to visit any one of the district's 147 sites each Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a week's worth of nutritious meals. Buses will also be transporting foods into specific neighborhoods for pick up every Wednesday.
The boxes will include one pound of lunch meat, one loaf of bread, milk, juice and other healthy snacks. Students will receive enough food for each school day.
Each student will receive a bag of food that needs to be refrigerated, and one that can stay at room temperature.
District leaders want parents to understand that if families are walking up or riding a bike to a Grab-and-Go site, these food bags will weigh a little over 10 pounds together. They are suggesting parents use an empty backpack to make transporting the food easier.
These meals are provided by the district at no cost for all children under the age of 18 and under the age of 21 for students with special needs.