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February 21, 2018 - Points of Pride

Sixty-three percent of Hillsborough County Public Schools is on free and reduced lunch, often for some students, during the school day, is the only food nourishment they receive.

Food insecurities often account for low attendance, poor grades and weak physical and mental health. According to the USDA, more than Forty-two million Americans live in food insecure households, including thirteen million children.

As a food retailer, Publix Super Market Charities has taken the opportunity to give back to our school communities with a generous donation to open eight school food pantries district-wide in Title 1 schools.

School Food Panty Location                Free and Reduced Lunch Percentage

B.T. Washington Elementary              99.79%

Bing Elementary                              97.13%

Dover Elementary                            98.00%

Mort Elementary                              97.18%

Potter Elementary                            98.53%

Ruskin Elementary                           93.40%

Van Buren Middle School                  97.35%

Woodbridge Elementary                   93.91%

Monday, February 19, 2018, at Ruskin Elementary School, marked the first of eight food pantries to officially open in Hillsborough County Public Schools that is completely sourced financially through Publix Super Market Charities and food obtained through Feeding Tampa Bay.

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