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Florida to still provide children meals as schools close

Posted at 2:34 PM, Mar 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-14 14:34:29-04

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's low-income children will still be able to get the free and reduced-cost meals even though their schools are closed because of new coronavirus.

RELATED: Florida announces 25 new cases of coronavirus overnight

State Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said Saturday that the state and its school districts are making plans to continue feeding 2 million low-income children.


Plans include letting children take meals home or even using school buses to deliver food.

To reduce contact, up to a week's worth of food might be provided.

Meanwhile, the number of confirmed cases in the state now exceeds 60 with almost half in neighboring Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Two have died.