Kids Get Free Meals This Summer: BreakSpot ​​& 17th Annual Children's Bo​ok ​Fest​

June 9, 2022

Children who depend on school meals during the year often miss out on these wholesome meals during the summer months. But here’s how we can prevent that. Summer BreakSpot offers balanced breakfasts, lunches, snacks or dinners at no cost for kids 18 and under, Monday, June 13th, 2022 - Friday, August 12th, 2022.

Meals are served on site, at no cost, at places like parks, libraries, schools and churches. After schools close for the summer, kids and teens can still get free meals through this service. No application is necessary, just show up to one of the thousands of meal sites across Florida. Here are two locations close by for you to visit:

• Hallandale Beach Branch Library 300 South Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, Florida 33009
• South Regional/Broward College Library 7300 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines, Florida 33024

If you’re not familiar with Summer BreakSpot and have additional questions, contact their Office At: InfoFNW@FDACS.gov. Or by Phone At: 1 (800) 504-6609. You can also find a location by texting the word “Food” or “Comida” to 304-304. All sites serve nutritionally balanced meals that meet USDA Guidelines.

Who funds the Summer BreakSpot?
The Summer BreakSpot Program, also known as the Summer Food Service Program, is federally funded under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and in Florida, administered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Sites are locally operated by Non-Profit Organizations (sponsors) that provide the meals and receive a reimbursement from the USDA.

17th Annual Children's Bo​ok​Fest​
Spend the summer winning prizes for reading, learning and t​rying new things. In addition to free, amazing events, there will be giveaways. Readers of all ages can register for challenges making them eligible for chances to win great prizes from Wendy’s, Museum of Discovery and Science, Miami Children’s Museum, Water Taxi, Butterfly World, Everglades Holiday Park, Miami Heat, Florida Panthers, Shake Shack, Zoo Miami, Bluefoot Pirate Adventures and many other prizes.​

How it works:
• Create a Broward County Library Beanstack Account At: https://browardlibrary.beanstack.com/reader365
• Log the books you've read on Beanstack's Web-Site or in the Beanstack Tracker App (Apple or Android)
• Read, write reviews and complete activities anytime between Wednesday, June 1st, 2022 and Saturday, August 13th, 2022 to earn chances to win prizes!

If your reader is a Broward County Public Schools student, be sure to link their School and Public Library Accounts so their reading gets logged in both places all summer. If you need assistance with your Beanstack Account, please E-mail Them At: BCLSummer@broward.org​.