Nutritious meals impact the health and success of our students and are essential for strong academic performance. The goal of Chartwells Dining Services, our schools' food service provider, is to enhance student performance by providing nutritious meals and promoting the importance of healthy eating.
Our nutrition standards are based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Food Guide Pyramid, and our menus are developed with ingredients that promote health and wellness.
Some Duval County public schools participate in a free breakfast program known as Breakfast in the Classroom. Each morning, the kitchen staff delivers breakfast to the classrooms. Students eat at their desks in the company of friends and classmates.
This program does not require the family to submit a Free/Reduced Meal application in order to receive free breakfast. Visit our website for a full list of the schools that participate in the Breakfast in the Classroom program.
Do You Qualify for Free Meals?
An application packet is mailed to every family who had a student enrolled in Duval County Public Schools last year to the address listed in Genesis. Individual applications will be placed in the front office of each school. Applications are also available on line at https://free-reduced-lunch.duvalschools.org/lfserver/eform. Completed applications can be faxed to the Food Service Department @ (904) 732-5157, mailed to #3275C, Building 6, Attn: Free and Reduced Meal Application Dept, or returned to the Cafeteria Manager.
Only applications for the 2010-11 school year can be processed; please discard any applications from a previous year that may be in your school. Students who had a meal eligibility status of either Free or Reduced in the prior year may eat using that status for up to 30 operating days beginning from the first day of school. This year that date is October 4. However, if another application is submitted prior to October 4 and it is processed and approved with a different status, the new status will become effective the day after the application has been processed.
All applications will be processed upon receipt in the Free and Reduced Meal Application Department. Incomplete applications will be processed as denied pending additional information. When the missing information is received, the application will be reprocessed. Letters are sent to each household after the application has been processed stating the determination of the eligibility status, either Free, Reduced, or Denied.
For additional information, call the Food Service Department at 904-732-5145.
NO LUNCH MONEY POLICY
DATE: July 26, 2010
In recent years, the District instituted a policy that allowed Pre-K to Grade 5 students to run a maximum negative balance of $1.50 if they did not have money to purchase lunch. In addition to that policy, DCPS will supplement this by allowing students in those grades who do not have lunch money to receive lunch the first five (5) days of school Specifically,
MyLunchMoney.com. allows parents to log on and prepay for meals using a credit card. There is a fee of $1.95 per transaction. Recurring payments may be set so that when the account balance is low the account is automatically replenished using the existing credit card information. An account may be established by calling MyLunchMoney.com at 1-800-479-3531, Option 5, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST. Please be aware if using this option that it may take up to 72 hours for the payment to post to your child’s account.
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