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Summer Break Spots Offer Free Food to Hungry Students


Kevin Christian, APR, CPRC, Public Relations & Communications Director

352.671.7555 ◊ FAX: 352.671.7735 ◊ CELL: 352.840.3265






MARION COUNTY“Learning and good nutrition do not end when school lets out.”


With this in mind, Marion County Public Schools reminds the community it offers nutritious meals so students are fueled to learn and grow in its summer meal program.


The Summer Food Service Program provides free, nutritionally-balanced meals to any student who wants to eat.  Last year in Marion County, the program served 127,490 meals – 40,531 breakfasts, 72,260 lunches, 14,043 afternoon snacks and 656 supper meals.  


This year, from June 3 – July 25, 47 locations will provide meals on various schedules from 29 central school kitchens and 18 satellite locations throughout Marion County.  Participating schools include:


*Anthony Elementary

*Howard Middle

*Belleview Elementary

*Lake Weir High

*Belleview High

*Lake Weir Middle

*Belleview Middle

*Liberty Middle

*Belleview-Santos Elementary

*Marion Oaks Elementary

*Dunnellon Elementary

*North Marion High

*Dunnellon High

*Oakcrest Elementary

*Emerald Shores Elementary

*Ocala Springs Elementary

*Evergreen Elementary

*Saddlewood Elementary

*Forest High

*South Ocala Elementary

*Ft McCoy Elementary/Middle

*Sunrise Elementary

*Greenway Elementary

*Vanguard High

*Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks

*Ward-Highlands Elementary


*West Port High


*Wyomina Park Elementary


Satellite feeding locations are serviced by the schools mentioned above and include:


*Boys & Girls Club, Dunnellon, Ocala & Silver Springs Shores

*Deer Run Apartments

*Greater New Hope Church

*Ed Croskey Recreation Center

*Homeschool HUB

*Forest Community Center

*Howard Academy

*Ocala Police Department / Blessed Trinity

*Lillian Bryant Center

*Parkside Garden Apartments

*Mt. Zion United Methodist Church

*Shiloh Church

*North Oak Baptist Church

*Shores Baptist Worship Center

*Ocala Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy

*Silver River Museum

*Omega Learning Center

*YMCA / St. Paul United Methodist Church


No application or income information is necessary to qualify; children simply show up to eat.  Children 18 years and younger are eligible for meals without charge, including sandwiches, cereal, juice, fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, and cookies.  Serving times vary by location.


The program is similar to the National School Lunch Program and offers nutritionally-balanced meals to needy children regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, or disability. 


Marion County Public Schools operates the Summer Food Service Program through reimbursements from Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 


For more information, contact the Food Service Office at 352.671.4190.  Families may also call the Hunger Hotline at 1.866.3.HUNGRY.  Additional resources include and, dialing 2-1-1, and downloading the free “Nutrislice” mobile app for Apple and Android operating systems.

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