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Free & Reduced Benefits

If families need assistance paying for school meals, please complete a Meal Benefits Application to receive breakfast and lunch for free or at a reduced price.

If you are unsure if you need to apply for this year, please contact Food and Nutrition Central office for assistance at 941-486-2199.

Important: A new application must be filled out at the beginning of each school year in order for the meal benefits to continue. Meal benefits begin on the day the application is processed by Food and Nutrition Services and continue throughout the school year in which the application is approved, the summer, and approximately the first thirty days of the next school year.

Toll-free phone number 866-645-2688 or local 941-486-2199, 7:00am - 4:30pm. 
For comprehensive information on Food Stamps and other federal assistance programs for children in low-income families, visit Florida Impact  


Attention Juniors and Seniors:

Did you know that students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals also qualify for a fee waiver when registering for the SAT or ACT?  Please see your guidance counselor for the fee waiver application and more information about this process.

“A private school scholarship is available.”

If your household qualifies for free or reduced-priced lunch, your students may be eligible to receive a state-supported scholarship to a private school. The program, called the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship, was created in 2001. Step Up For Students manages the program. The scholarship is based on income and not on the academic performance of the student or public school. The scholarship helps pay tuition at more than 1,500 participating private schools statewide; a separate transportation scholarship is available to attend a public school in another county. For more information, visit Step Up For Students Website or call 877-735-7837, or email Step Up for Students