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School food becomes shelter meals

How a Florida school district fed 25,000 Hurricane Irma evacuees.

Schools in Manatee County, located about halfway up the western coast of Florida, are de facto emergency shelters when storms hit the area. When the district saw Hurricane Irma working its way across the Atlantic, it knew it would be big. So the district planned to open 10 schools as emergency shelters, the maximum they’d opened in the past.

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