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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
This school year, 2021-2022, all students attending Marion County Public Schools receive free meals at no cost to the parent or guardian. This initiative is part of the United States Department of Agriculture’s effort to support families during the pandemic.
Elementary students receive free breakfast and lunch under the USDA Community Eligibility Provision. Students attending a secondary school will receive free breakfast and lunch under the USDA Seamless Summer Option. Both programs allow more students to receive nutritious meals and the district to recoup costs associated with meal service.
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: email@example.com.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.