Students in South Florida to get free lunch due to Irma

Branches knocked down on the Ernest Hemingway House property in Key West after Hurricane Irma swept through the area

Students in South Florida to get free lunch due to Irma

All students in affected disaster areas in Florida will now be able to enjoy free school meals provided by USDA's National School Lunch Program through October 20.

Miami-Dade and Broward's public school systems each already declared its students will receive free breakfast and lunch for the foreseeable future.

Students in counties designated as disaster areas - including Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades, DeSoto, Hendry and Highlands - are eligible to receive free lunches provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National School Lunch Program.

The USDA also granted schools the flexibility to operate the Summer Meals Program for unanticipated school closures during the school year.

"In times of disaster, it's paramount that USDA makes it as easy as possible for our programs to be administered, so no one affected by this disaster goes hungry", said USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue in a press release.

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