By James Combs
Lake County Schools offering free meals to students
Starting next week, free breakfasts and lunches for students will be available for pickup from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays only, according to a Lake County School Board press release.
Students will receive four meals on Tuesdays—two breakfasts and two lunches. On Thursdays, they will receive six meals–three breakfasts and three lunches.
The change, effective the week of April 13, lessens the amount of time employees are away from home while the state is under a stay-at-home order in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus. It also aims to make pickups easier for parents, some of whom have complained that daily pickups are disruptive to their new work-at-home and distance learning routines.
Additionally, because April 10 is a pre-scheduled day off for students, no meals will be distributed that day. Instead, students will receive Friday’s meals on April 9.
Food will continue to be distributed drive-through style or handed out to students who walk or ride bikes. It must be taken off-site to be eaten.
Meal distribution sites include:
- Cypress Ridge
- Eustis Heights
- Fruitland Park
- Grassy Lake
- Lost Lake
- Pine Ridge
- Sawgrass Bay
- Seminole Springs
- Villages of Lady Lake
- Cecil E. Gray
- Mount Dora
- Windy Hill
- South Lake
The sites listed below use a different vendor and have different operating hours. They distribute meals Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
- Spring Creek Charter
- Altoona School
- The Astor County Library, 54905 Alco Rd, Astor
- The Old Astor Fire House, 55936 Blue Creek Rd., Astor
- Shockley Heights Country Store, 47433 Panther Rd., Altoona
- Forest Hills Garage, 31706 Co. Rd. 42, DeLand (Lake Mack)
Akers Media Group's James Combs has been a staff writer for several local publications since August 2000. He has had the privilege of interviewing some of Lake County's many fascinating residents—from innovative business owners to heroic war veterans—and bringing their stories to life. A resident of Lake County since 1986, James recently embarked on a journey to lead a healthier lifestyle. He has lost 60 pounds and walks nearly five miles a day. In his spare time, he enjoys target shooting, skeet shooting and watching his beloved Kentucky Wildcats!