St. Petersburg, FL (June 24, 2015) Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam kicks off the 2015 Summer BreakSpot program on Thursday, June 25 from noon to 1 p.m. at J.W. Cate Recreation Center, 5801 22nd Avenue N. The program offers free breakfast and lunch at 14 St. Petersburg recreation center sites all summer long. The event will feature free nutritious meal samples, appearances by the Rays Baseball mascot Raymond and a baseball player, interactive games, music and more.
“This program provides healthy meals to hundreds of thousands of Florida children throughout the summer,” Commissioner Putnam said. “Studies show kids who eat nutritious food perform better academically. We have expanded this program by 21 percent in the past three years to help kids eat healthy in the summer and be better prepared for school in the fall.”
Last year, the program provided more than 13.5 million meals to approximately 300,000 children, continuing the increase in summer meals the state has seen since the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services took over the school nutrition program in 2012.
Summer BreakSpot is part of the national Summer Food Service Program, a federally funded program operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered in Florida by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Eligible sponsors, including nonprofit organizations, schools, churches, camps, local governments and more, serve nutritious meals and snacks free to low-income children under the age of 18 during the summer months. Sponsored by Summer BreakSpot, City of St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation and Healthy St. Pete.