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6/5/19: Free Summer Lunch For Duval Kids; Abandoned Jacksonville; 'On Purpose'

U.S. Department of Agriculture
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For thousands of local children, school lunch is their only meal of the day. 

Twelve branches of the Jacksonville Public Library kicked off their Free Summer Lunch Program this week.  Free lunch is offered to all kids up to the age of 18 until August 2.

Chris Boivin with the Jacksonville Public Library and Chief Operating Officer for Feeding Northeast Florida Michael Neff joined First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross Wednesday to discuss other ways the community can help.

Related: Summer BreakSpot Offers Duval Kids Free Snacks And Lunches

Abandoned Jacksonville

Credit David Bulit / Abandoned Jacksonville
Abandoned Jacksonville
Public School No. 8 originally known as Graded Springfield School

Abandoned Jacksonville: Ruins of the First Coast, written by David Bulit, takes readers through the forgotten parts of Jacksonville.

Bulit, also known for his blog Abandoned Florida, joined us for an inside look at his new book.

'On Purpose'

Credit Phase Eight Theater Company
Poster for On Purpose by Ebony Payne-English

In the new production On Purpose, Duval spoken word artist Ebony Payne-English shares her experience of being diagnosed with HIV. Her story is told through the perspective of nine women.

Director JaMario Stills from Phase 8 Theater Company joined us with a preview.

Madison Roberts can be reached at or (904)358-6317.

The photo of children getting food is used under Creative Commons license.

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