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Families Encouraged to Complete School Meal Applications for 2022-2023 School Year

MEDIA ADVISORY
 
CONTACT: Jennifer DeShazo
Director, Public Information and Community Relations
(772) 219-1200 ext. 30444
deshazj@martinschools.org
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The expiration of a federal waiver means that many Martin County families will need to apply for their children to continue receiving free or reduced-price meal benefits in the new school year. Families are encouraged to apply now by clicking here.
 
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2022
 
 
Stuart, FL - Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Martin County School District has been able to offer free breakfasts and lunches to all students, made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Unfortunately, the USDA has decided not to continue the program in the upcoming (2022-2023) school year. Therefore, the District must resume charging students who attend some of our schools for breakfasts and lunches.
 
We encourage all families to apply for free and reduced-price meals, even if they do not believe they will qualify. Paper and online applications are now available.
 
Students attending the following schools will continue to receive free meals with no income restrictions: J.D. Parker Elementary School, Pinewood Elementary School, Port Salerno Elementary School, Warfield Elementary School, Indiantown Middle School, Willoughby Learning Center and Spectrum Academy.
 
For the schools not listed above, MCSD will cover the costs of meals for all students for the first three days of school (August 10-12). After August 12, the regular price for breakfast for K-5 and 6-12 students is $1.50. Lunch for K-5 is $1.85, and 6-12 is $2.10. The reduced price for breakfast (all grade levels) is $0.30, and lunch is $0.40.
 
Parents and caregivers may now add funds for meals to their children's meal accounts via MySchoolBucks. Funds previously submitted through our former K12PaymentCenter platform have been transferred to student accounts in MySchoolBucks. All student charges/negative balances for breakfasts and lunches have been cleared, which means all students will begin the new school year free of balances on their school meal accounts.
 
Families are encouraged to contact our Food & Nutrition Services Department at AskFNS@martinschools.org or 772-223-2655 ext. 58100 with questions about school meals.
 
 
About MCSD
Located on Florida's Treasure Coast, the Martin County School District (MCSD) offers an array of opportunities for students based on their unique interests, needs and passions. Holding the Florida Department of Education's academically-high performing school district designation, MCSD maintains robust academic standards, renowned arts and athletics programs, and numerous career and technical education opportunities. Students benefit from the District's many partnerships with business and community organizations, as well as character development, environmental stewardship and civic leadership programs. The mission of MCSD is to educate all students for success.
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