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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!
Elementary Schools, including Fort McCoy K-8 and Hillcrest will provide healthy breakfasts and lunches each day at no charge for ALL students enrolled during the 2019-2020 School Year. This is a paperless alternative to free and reduced applications for Elementary students. Contact the Food Service District Office for additional information (352) 671-4190.
The School Board of Marion County will provide Provision 2 Breakfast Program meals at no cost to students for the 2019-2020 school year at the schools listed below. Applications for Free and Reduced Meals ARE REQUIRED for students attending these schools:
- Belleview Middle Dunnellon High
- Dunnellon Middle Forest High
- Fort King Middle Lake Weir High
- Howard Middle North Marion High
- Lake Weir Middle Vanguard High
- North Marion Middle West Port
- Teen Parenting Silver River Mentoring & Instruction
- Osceola Middle Francis Marion Military
- Francis Marion Charter Horizon Academy
- Belleview High Marion Technical Institute
- New Leaf Center
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.