Students in this Central Florida school district will receive free meals throughout the year

ORANGE COUNTY, Florida. — Orange County public school students will receive free meals throughout the year, district officials said Monday.

For the 2023-24 school year, the district provides free school meals to Orange County students free of charge in accordance with the Community Rights Statement.

“We believe that every student deserves access to healthy and nutritious food, regardless of socioeconomic status,” the district’s website reads.

To ensure that students receive nutritious meals, school officials said they must select three of the following five suggested food group components, which include proteins, grains, vegetables, fruits, and milk. For breakfast and lunch, student meals must include half a glass of fruit or vegetables to be eligible for the offer.

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If three of the five meal groups are not selected, students will pay the a la carte price.

Availability of free snacks and dinners depends on individual school qualifications.

Supplemental meals are $1.35 for breakfast and $1.90 for lunch in elementary schools and $1.75 for breakfast and $2.75 for lunch in high school.

It comes after Central Florida food bank Second Harvest said there has been a spike in food insecurity since the pandemic.

To view the breakfast and lunch menu for each school in the district, click here. For more information about the program, visit the Orange County Public Schools website.

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