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The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Highlights Summer BreakSpot Program ………

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—During the summer months, the Summer BreakSpot program, which is administered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, will provide meals at no cost from June through August to children 18 and under who are from low-income families. The department partners with more than 4,200 schools and community organizations statewide to offer nutritious meals, recreational fun and educational activities. 

Last summer, more than 4,200 sites helped serve nearly 16 million meals to Florida children.  The number of Summer BreakSpot meals served during the summer has increased by 46 percent since Commissioner Putnam and the department assumed responsibility of the program in 2012. 

There are several ways to find a Summer BreakSpot site:

Summer BreakSpot is part of the National Summer Food Service Program, a federally funded program operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  • Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  • Fax: 202- 690-7442; or
  • Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

For more information about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit FreshFromFlorida.com.

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