WEST PALM BEACH — In an effort to better streamline the distribution of free grab-and-go meals, the Palm Beach County School District’s Food Service Department has consolidated the number of food distribution sites in the county to 97 beginning Tuesday, Oct. 20. Meal distribution will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays until further notice.
In addition to the location changes, as of Thursday, Oct. 22, and each Thursday thereafter, School Food Service will also be providing a 10 to 12-pound box of fresh fruits and vegetables in addition to the grab-and-go meals. Boxes will be provided while supplies last.
All children 18 years of age and younger (22 and younger for ESE) are eligible for the free meals.
The curbside pickup will contain at least three breakfasts and three lunches per kit. Schools eligible for the supper and snack programs will also be providing three supper meals and three snacks per kit.
You do not need to visit your child’s school for food distribution and may visit any location of your choice. Distribution times and locations are subject to change.
Glades area locations on Tuesdays and Thursdays are:
• Belle Glade Elementary bus loop, 3 to 4 p.m.
• Gove Elementary bus loop, 9 to 10 a.m.
• Pahokee Middle parent pick up area. 9 to 10 a.m.
• Rosenwald Elementary bus loop 8:15 to 9:15 a.m.
A child does not have to be present to pick up meals. However, one of the following forms of identification is required to receive meals at the food distribution sites: Student ID Badge, Student Barcode Letter (that can be found in your child’s student portal), passport, birth certificate or library card. The adult picking up the meals can also bring a picture that has themselves and the children for whom they are picking up food, in the photo.
Meals may contain allergens. Adults picking up the food are asked to be vigilant and ensure they do not take food if allergies may be a concern. Food should be refrigerated or discarded if not consumed upon receipt.
For everyone’s health and safety, a facial covering or mask is required when picking up meals at any school food distribution site.