With schools and several summer camps closed, 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.
“There’s a lot of kids out there that don’t have food and it’s expensive, so it makes me feel good to be able to give back to the community,” said Michelle Powell, Community Library Manager at Broward County Library.
Thousands of kids in South Florida rely on the Meals on Wheels BreakSpot Program for food.
Michelle Powell, the community library manager at Broward County Library, says the need for the food boxes increases every week. The program provides food for kids 18 and under for the week.
“The first week we started with 25, people were still coming so we decided to increase to 30. We are at 45 today,” said Michelle.
And that's just at one grab & go location.
Normally, Meals on Wheels would provide a daily meal service for kids at the libraries they’ve partnered with.. but since the pandemic hit, they’ve had to launch their grab & go program.
The organization launched over 40 sites in both Broward and Miami-Dade counties.
“Since we don’t know with the coming school year, there’s a potential that if the schools are closed, we can continue to do this grab and go models so that the kids continue to have something to eat,” said Mark Adler, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels South Florida.
“When I was going to school and my only means to make sure that I get breakfast is at school. So imagine the kids here, that’s their only way of getting a nutritious breakfast,” added Michelle.
The grab and go meal distributions are available every day. To find a location near you:
- Dial 2-1-1
- Text FoodFL to 877-877
- Or head click here and put in your zip code.