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Lee School District Opens Food Distribution Sites

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The Lee County School District is starting to offer meal pick-up services for students while schools remain closed during the COVID-19 outbreak.  The school system’s “Grab & Go” meal distribution plan is providing free meals to kids 18 and under who typically rely on schools to provide breakfast and lunch.

Meal distribution takes place weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at designated schools and other community locations throughout Lee County.

State Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Naples, copied news outlets in an e-mail to Lee School District Superintendent Greg Adkins criticizing the process having parents bring their kids to the food distribution locations in order to receive meals.  Rep. Donalds said he’s concerned the requirement that the kids be at the site undermines isolation efforts people are already taking to help reduce spread of the coronavirus.

However, rules for such meal distribution programs are dictated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Food distribution sites located at schools are using bus ramps to allow families who show up to stay in their vehicles and keep lines moving smoothly. 

Listed below are the locations and addresses of food distribution sites throughout Lee County:

West Zone Schools:

Cape Coral Elementary, 4519 Vincennes Blvd.

Hector A. Cafferata Jr. Elementary, 250 Santa Barbara Blvd. N., Cape Coral

North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts, 1856 Arts Way

Patriot Elementary, 711 SW 18th St., Cape Coral

Pine Island Elementary, 5360 Ridgewood Drive, Bokeelia

Tropic Isles Elementary, 5145 Orange Grove Blvd., North Fort Myers

South Zone Schools:

Allen Park Elementary, 3345 Canelo Drive, Fort Myers

Bonita Springs Elementary, 10701 Dean St. SE

Colonial Elementary, 3800 Schoolhouse Road E., Fort Myers

Fort Myers Middle Academy, 3050 Central Ave.

Heights Elementary, 15200 Alexandria Court, south Fort Myers

James Stephens International Academy, 1333 Marsh Ave., Fort Myers

Pinewoods Elementary, 11900 Stoneybrook Golf Drive, Estero   

Ray V. Pottorf Elementary, 4600 Challenger Blvd., Fort Myers

San Carlos Park Elementary, 17282 Lee Road, Fort Myers

Villas Elementary, 8385 Beacon Blvd., Fort Myers

East Zone Schools:

The Alva School, 17500 Church Ave.

Gateway Elementary, 13280 Griffin Drive, Fort Myers

Lehigh Acres Elementary, 200 Schoolside Drive

Manatee Elementary, 5301 Tice St., Fort Myers

Mirror Lakes Elementary, 525 Charwood Ave. S., Lehigh Acres

Orange River Elementary, 4501 Underwood Drive, Fort Myers

Riverhall Elementary, 2800 River Hall Parkway, Alva

Tortuga Preserve Elementary, 1711 Gunnery Road N., Lehigh Acres

Community Locations:

Boys & Girls Club of Pueblo Bonito, 26095 Milagro Lane, Bonita Springs

Boys and Girls Renaissance Preserve, 1623 Joust St., Fort Myers.

Children's Advocacy, 5547 Tenth Ave., Fort Myers

Estero Super Kids Club, 8088 Lord's Way St.

Fort Myers Beach Boys and Girls Club, 134 Connecticut St.

Landings at Eastpoint, 3701 Sabal Palm Blvd., Fort Myers

Pine Manor Improvement Association, 5546 Ninth Ave., Fort Myers

Rosemary Park Super Kids, 26645 Vagabond Way, Bonita Springs

STARS Complex, 2980 Edison Ave., Fort Myers

Suncoast Community Center, 2241 Case Lane, North Fort Myers

Super Kids Club Cypress Lake,  8260 Cypress Lake Dr., Fort Myers

Wesley Super Kids Club, 4141 Deleon St., Fort Myers

YMCA of Lee County (Royal Palm), 1360 Royal Palm Square Blvd., Fort Myers

YMCA Sports Bonita (Kent), 27200 Kent Road, Bonita Springs