Summer Feeding Program
Summer Feeding Program
USDA has allowed school districts to participate in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) until the end of 2020 or until the available funding runs out. We have decided to participate in SFSP starting on September 21, 2020 (next Monday)because we want to extend free meals to all students across the district, not just the students in our brick & mortar sites.What this means for HCPS is:
· Starting September 21, all students will receive breakfast and lunch at no cost in our brick and mortar schoolsregardless of their eligibility status on file.
· We will offer curbside grab and gomeals at 75 schools only (please see attached list of grab and go sites) on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 AM – 11 AM.
· Meals provided at the curbside grab and go schools are available to all children age 18 and under (in other words, we are not limited to enrolled students only.)
· All meals provided in brick and mortar schools AND at curbside feeding will contain all components (no Offer vs Serve.)
· SNS will continue to accommodate for allergies and special diets.
If you are at one of the 75 grab and go distribution sites, be assured that we are aware of the disruption that grab and go meal service may cause. We are going to do grab and go meal distribution from the front of the school so that gates do not have to be opened. This may impact any school deliveries you mayreceive on Monday's or Wednesday's from 10 AM – 11 AM. We will utilize SNS and transportation staff (if necessary) to handle the grab and go distribution so you do not have to worry about providing any school staff for meal service.
The Communications department is working on getting the message out to our parents and community members. We need your help in communicating to parents to fill out the free and reduced meal application. Since all meals will be free, parents may feel there is no need to fill the application out. However, other funding to schools is determined by free and reduced meal applications, and when the funding for SFSP runs out any students who are not approved will go to full pay status. So please help us spread themessage throughout the period when we are serving free meals.
Thanks for all you do. We hope this change will be positive and allow us to better serve our students so they are fueled and ready to learn!
Shani Hall, MS, RD, LD
General Manager, Student Nutrition Services
"Healthy Meals, Feeding Body and Mind...One Child at a time"
Hillsborough County Public Schools, "Preparing Students for Life"
The Center for Nutrition and Culinary Services
9014 Brittany Way
Tampa, Florida 33619