Starting next week, free breakfasts and lunches for students will be available for pickup at specific Lake County schools from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. Students will receive the same number of meals even though the number of distributions days has been reduced.
Students will receive four meals on Tuesdays -- 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches. On Thursdays, they will receive 6 meals -- 3 breakfasts and 3 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 the daily pickups are disruptive to their new work-at-home and distance learning routines. Find a full list of meal distribution sites here. Friday, April 10, is a pre-scheduled day off for students, so no meals will be distributed that day. Instead, students will receive Friday’s meals on Thursday, April 9. Staff will distribute the meals directly to those in their vehicle via drive-through service, as well as hand-out meals to any walkers and/or bike riders who may lack motor-vehicle transportation. The food must be taken off-site to be eaten. Students must be present to receive the meals. Students are not required to have parents with them when they come, but parents are not allowed to pick up meals without a student accompanying them. For more news and events in Mount Dora, Tavares & Eustis, this month, click here. Discover the area's online entertainment calendar here. Also download the area's free mobile app.