The Alachua County Public Colleges’ Meals and Vitamin Division is ensuring no little one within the county goes hungry. To that finish, any little one 18 or youthful in Alachua County can obtain a free meal.

The Faculty District ‘s Meals and Vitamin Division has expanded the Afterschool Meals Program, which generally gives nutritious snacks/and or suppers to youngsters in after-school applications. The district by means of June 30 will present free snacks and suppers to all Alachua County youngsters from delivery to 18 years outdated.

Caron Rowe, meals service specialist for Alachua County Public Colleges, stated households can decide up the extra snacks and suppers at curbside distribution websites on the identical schedule because the breakfast and lunch pick-up, which is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

The curbside drive-thru meals distribution websites in east Gainesville embody: 

• Rawlings Elementary, 3500 NE fifteenth St.

• Early Studying Academy at Duval, 2106 NE Eigth Ave.

• Williams Elementary, 1245 SE Seventh Ave.

• Lake Forest Elementary, 4401 SE Fourth Ave.

• Metcalfe Elementary, 1250 NE 18th Ave.

For an entire record of meals distribution websites go to,

Attributable to COVID-19, the district closed in-person studying on Mach 13, 2020. And, as of March 30, 2020  started providing curbside breakfast and lunch to any little one within the county.

On curbside drive-thru meals distribution days, households obtain a bag of meals per little one within the house.  Every bag comprises breakfasts, lunches, snacks and suppers.  .

“It’s working very well,” Rowe stated, including the breakfast and lunch program will proceed by means of September 30 — three months after the snacks and supper program ends.

Rowe stated households are grateful for the curbside meals program and say the curbside meals program has been a blessing to their youngsters.

“The Faculty District has offered  5.5 million meals for college students since March 30, 2020 to March 11, 2021,” Rowe stated. “Relationships are being made with the households that come each Tuesday and Thursday to select up their meals. “

Rowe needs to guarantee households there may be meals out there for them and they don’t seem to be taking meals away from different households. 

“Please come and participate within the curbside meal program,” Rowe stated.

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