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Our Mission And Vision
School meals have changed! They are balanced, healthy, and meet federal nutrition guidelines. Research has shown that students who eat school meals perform their best academically. They have better grades in standardized test scores and show improvements in math and reading.
Students are offered tasty and appealing foods that limit fat and contain age appropriate portion sizes. Choices include:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Whole grains
- Salads made with romaine and /or spinach
- Baked items rather than fried
- Healthy cooking/preparation techniques
- Low-fat cheese
- Fat free or low-fat milk
School meals are safe! School nutrition professionals have rigorous training in food safety. Our kitchens are subject to two health inspections annually conducted by the local health department and considered the safest of commercial and institutional food service establishments.
The School Board of Marion County Food and Nutrition Service Department is committed to the nutrition and education of our students. Our mission is to provide nutritious meals that help boost student performance in the classroom. Parents and school nutrition professionals share the same vision to create healthy eating habits for life!
All Marion Students Now Receive Free Meals
Starting January 2021 all middle and high school students in Marion County Public Schools will receive free meals at no cost to the parent or guardian. This is part of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program.
Elementary students already receive free meals under the USDA National School Lunch Breakfast Program. The addition of secondary students allows for more students to regularly receive nutritious meals and for the district to recoup costs associated with meal service.
On any given day, MCPS serves an average 14,000 breakfasts and 21,000 lunches. During the first 10 weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, the district provided nearly 475,000 student meals.
Marion County Public Schools also now offers free curbside meal service at 10 community locations to children 18 and under regardless of income. Pick-up times vary by regional location:
10400 SE 36th Ave., Belleview, FL 34420
10055 SW 180th Ave. Rd., Dunnellon, FL 34432
5000 SE Maricamp Rd., Ocala, FL 34480
Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks
365 Marion Oaks Dr., Ocala, FL 34473
Lake Weir High
10351 SE Maricamp Rd., Ocala, FL 34472
Lake Weir Middle
10220 SE Sunset Harbor Rd., Summerfield, FL 34491
4773 SW 95th St., Ocala, FL 34476
North Marion High
151 W CR 329, Citra, FL 32113
7 NW 28th St., Ocala, FL 34475
West Port High
3733 SW 80th Ave., Ocala, FL 34481
Parents and guardians picking up meals on behalf of a child must present valid identification such as a child’s government-issued ID card, daycare center record, child’s passport, or any legal document proving parent/guardian identity and relation to the child.
For more information, contact the district’s Food and Nutrition Services office at 352.671.4190.
USDA NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: https://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.
Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410: (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.