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Afterschool Meals Program Expands Seven-Fold to Serve 36 Schools


Kevin Christian, APR, CPRC, Director of Public Relations

352.671.7555 ◊ FAX: 352.671.7735 ◊ CELL: 352.840.3265






MARION COUNTY – The Food and Nutrition Department’s Afterschool Meals Program for Marion County Public Schools will expand to 36 sites for the 2022-2023 school year including 31 new school sites.

The program is designed to provide nutritious meals to all children at no additional charge to those enrolled in Marion Afterschool Programs. The Afterschool Meals initiative was previously available in five locations. With this expansion, the new total of participating schools is 36.

Schools hosting the Afterschool Meals Program include:


  • Anthony Elementary
  • Belleview Elementary
  • Belleview Middle
  • Belleview-Santos Elementary
  • College Park Elementary
  • Dr. N.H. Jones Elementary
  • Dunnellon Elementary
  • East Marion Elementary
  • Eighth Street Elementary
  • Emerald Shores Elementary
  • Fessenden Elementary
  • Fort King Middle
  • Fort McCoy School
  • Greenway Elementary
  • Hammett Bowen, Jr. Elementary
  • Harbour View Elementary
  • Hillcrest School
  • Howard Middle
  • Legacy Elementary
  • Liberty Middle
  • Madison Street Academy
  • Maplewood Elementary
  • Marion Oaks Elementary
  • Oakcrest Elementary
  • Ocala Springs Elementary
  • Osceola Middle
  • Reddick-Collier Elementary
  • Romeo Elementary
  • Saddlewood Elementary
  • Shady Hill Elementary
  • South Ocala Elementary
  • Sparr Elementary
  • Stanton-Weirsdale Elementary
  • Sunrise Elementary
  • Ward-Highlands Elementary
  • Wyomina Park Elementary


            The Afterschool Meals Program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and administered by the Florida Department of Health.

            For more information, contact Food and Nutrition Department Supervisor Jamie Lovett at 352.671.4191 or


In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.


Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audio tape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.


To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form aDJ-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted 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: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

3. Email:


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