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Hillsborough schools will provide free meals at 21 sites

The City of Tampa also is looking into offering emergency food locations.

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About two-thirds of Hillsborough County school district students get free breakfast and lunch at school every day when classes are in session.

District officials now have plans to make sure the children don’t go hungry after the official spring break week ends, just because campuses are not reopening as part of the response to the coronavirus.

Twenty-one schools across the county will serve bagged breakfasts and lunches from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily, beginning March 23 and running through March 27. All children age 18 and younger are eligible to receive the meals, one per day.

No application is required.

Families are encourages to drive to the sites, but walkups also will be served. The district announced that the City of Tampa also plans to open some locations for feeding students. Those locations, not yet listed, will be available on the city’s website.

School districts are able to provide the subsidized meals outside their cafeterias as the result of a waiver from federal guidelines, obtained by the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. It’s the same arrangement that schools usually follow during the summer break.

The Pinellas County school district announced its sites earlier on Sunday. The Pasco County district plans to provide its list soon. The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services also has a searchable website of approved meal sites statewide.

Hillsborough free meal stations for kids:

All sites will be open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 23 - March 27.

Alonso High School, 8302 Montague Street, Tampa [MAP]

Armwood High School, 12000 E US Highway 92, Seffner [MAP]

Blake High School, 1701 North Boulevard, Tampa [MAP]

Brandon High School, 1101 Victoria St, Brandon [MAP]

Chamberlain High School, 9401 North Boulevard, Tampa [MAP]

Durant High School, 4748 Cougar Path, Plant City [MAP]

East Bay High School, 7710 Old Big Bend Road, Gibsonton [MAP]

Hillsborough High School, 5000 Central Avenue, Tampa [MAP]

Jefferson High School, 4401 Cypress Street, Tampa [MAP]

King High School, 6815 North 56th Street, Tampa [MAP]

Lennard High School, 2342 E Shell Point Rd, Ruskin [MAP]

Leto High School, 4409 West Sligh Avenue, Tampa [MAP]

Madison Middle School, 4444 W Bay Vista Ave., Tampa [MAP]

Middleton High School, 4801 N. 22nd Street, Tampa [MAP]

Plant City High School, One Raider Place, Plant City [MAP]

Reddick Elementary School, 325 West Lake Drive, Wimauma [MAP]

Rodgers Middle School, 11910 Tucker Road, Riverview [MAP]

Smith Middle School, 14303 Citrus Pointe Drive, Tampa [MAP]

Spoto High School, 8538 Eagle Palm Dr., Riverview [MAP]

Strawberry Crest High School, 4691 Gallagher Rd., Dover [MAP]

Wharton High School, 20150 Bruce B. Downs, Tampa [MAP]

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