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Hillsborough residents can take HARTline to school nutrition sites

With 123,000 students eligible for free lunch, the district is distributing food at 23 locations beginning Monday.
These are bus routes families can take to receive grab-and-go meals from 23 Hillsborough County Public Schools.
These are bus routes families can take to receive grab-and-go meals from 23 Hillsborough County Public Schools. [ HARTline ]
Published Mar. 19, 2020|Updated Mar. 19, 2020

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TAMPA — Among the many details that remain to be worked out as schools remain closed until at least April 15: How will families get to school to pick up the free meals that the district is making available?

HARTline, the county’s public bus system, released a map of its routes, designed to help families navigate the transportation issue.

The school-based nutrition sites are open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every week day beginning Monday. Children ages 18 and younger will receive breakfast and lunch, packaged and distributed from school buses.

Food supplies arrive at Durant High School in Plant City. Starting March 23, the Hillsborough County School District is providing packaged breakfast and lunch at 23 sites while schools remain closed for the coronavirus.
Food supplies arrive at Durant High School in Plant City. Starting March 23, the Hillsborough County School District is providing packaged breakfast and lunch at 23 sites while schools remain closed for the coronavirus.
Workers deliver and unload food at Durant High School to distribute to students when school is closed for the coronavirus.
Workers deliver and unload food at Durant High School to distribute to students when school is closed for the coronavirus. [ HCPS ]

The district is encouraging parents and caregivers to drive to the sites, but the HARTline option exists for those without cars.

The locations are: Alonso, Armwood, Blake, Brandon, Chamberlain, Durant, East Bay, Hillsborough, Jefferson, King, Lennard, Leto, Middleton, Plant City, Spoto, Strawberry Crest and Wharton high schools; Madison, Rodgers, Sligh and Smith middle schools; and Mort and Reddick elementary schools.

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