2-1-1 call and text line activated to give free meals to kids during COVID-19

Published: Mar. 18, 2020 at 1:56 PM CDT
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Commissioner Nikki Fried activated the 2-1-1 call and text line for free meals for kids during COVID-19.

Agriculture Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services have partnered with 2-1-1 to activate a text and call center open 24/7.

Families can find free meals for children under 18 during the current COVID-19 school closures by texting FLKIDSMEALS to 211 or calling 2-1-1 to speak with an operator.

“For so many of Florida’s children, school meals are the only meals they can count on – that’s why we’re now providing even more ways to secure healthy, nutritious meals for kids,” said Commissioner Nikki Fried. “Floridians can now find Summer BreakSpot free meal locations by text, by phone, and online, with additional locations being added every day. We encourage families to take advantage of these free resources, and to check with their school districts on other meal availability.”

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