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Hillsborough Schools requiring student numbers for grab-and-go meal pickup

District says some were going to several sites
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Posted at 5:07 AM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 07:30:46-04

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. -- The Hillsborough County School district will be implementing new procedures for families picking up weekly meals at grab-and-go sites.

The change comes after some families were caught double-dipping and going to multiple meal sites during the first round of once a week pickup. Some of the meal boxes were sold on social media sites, according to district officials.

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Several sites ran out of food, and it left some kids without enough meals for the week.

Starting on Wednesday, April 22, if you are picking up food for a student in the Hillsborough School district, you must provide their student ID number.

If you are picking up for a child who is not school age, or outside of the district, you will be required to provide their name, as well as birth date.

The district will be tracking meals using new technology to ensure students have access to nutritious meals during this closure.

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However, district leaders said these new measures will take extra time.

They are asking for families to please be patient as they put these new procedures into place.

To make the process even easier, district leaders suggest writing your student information in large print on a sheet of paper that you can hold up for our staff.

This policy will also be in effect for the Hillsborough County Schools Monday snack stops.