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Two More Marion Schools Join Free Meals Program


Kevin Christian, APR, CPRC, Director of Public Relations

352.671.7555 ◊ FAX: 352.671.7735 ◊ CELL: 352.840.3265






MARION COUNTY – Two additional public schools in Marion County have been added to the list of those in the Community Eligibility Provision initiative, meaning students at those schools will also receive free breakfast and lunch meals.

Fordham Early Learning Academy and Ocali Charter Middle School are the newest participating schools. Marion County Public Schools has provided meals to students at these schools since the start of the new school year.

With these additions, the Food and Nutrition Department of Marion County Public Schools provides free breakfast and lunch to all students, regardless of family income, at 54 school sites this school year. This means more than 44,300 students receive free meals without question.

This program is provided in partnership with the Community Eligibility Provision initiative and is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. No application is required to participate.

            Schools were selected based on the percentage of students from each campus who are participating in one or more variations of public assistance/service programs.

            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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