With schools starting off the year online, families are depending on food distributions to feed their children. To help with the high need across South Florida, the nonprofit organization Meals on Wheels expanded their BreakSpot program.
“Every little bit helps,” said Wylin Campbell, parent.
“We’re very grateful. This is something that’s been a gift from God. It’s been a blessing,” said Luis Mendez, parent.
Thousands of parents in South Florida have been depending on the Meals on Wheels BreakSpot program this summer to feed their kids and they can continue to do so thanks to the United States Department of Agriculture.
Last week, the USDA declared the extension of the program all the way through December 31st… to continue providing meals to students.
“The schools are doing some food distribution but there are folks that don’t necessarily have the means to get to a school to pick up meals. So we’ll be able to open BreakSpot sites that are closer to them that they can come and get a week’s worth of breakfast and dinners for their children,” said Mark Adler, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels South Florida.
It’s been a good help and the meals are really good,” said Anna Gisela Davila, student.
Over the summer, Meals on Wheels launched over 40 sites in both Broward and Miami-Dade counties.
“Families are finding it harder and harder to make ends meet, especially as this pandemic is extending way beyond any period of time we all thought it would. So this would really help those families who struggle to keep the lights on and keep the family fed,” added Mark.
Mark says there are three ways to find a site near you:
- Dial 211
- Text FOODFL to 877-877
- Head to summerbreakspot.org and put in your zip code.