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FREE meals for all children under 18
Posted on 09/14/2020
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Beginning today, all face-to-face, [email protected] and Orange County Virtual School students will be served meals for FREE districtwide and curbside meals are FREE for any child 18 years old and under.
 
USDA announced the extension of the Summer Meals Program with the flexibility to allow school districts to serve meals at no charge to all children age 18 years old and under through Dec. 17, 2020.

“This is the best stimulus package for our Orange County parents,” said Lora Gilbert, Senior Director, Food and Nutrition Services. “Now, all parents can pick up meals and rely on getting kid-friendly healthy meals. Volunteers in neighborhoods, PTSA’s, and nonprofit city or community programs sponsoring children’s activities may also pick up meals for delivery to children at no charge.”
 
Curbside meals are provided 30 minutes after the last school bell at any school for a total of 90 minutes. Curbside meals occur Mondays, with multiple meals being handed out to cover the entire week. This schedule is subject to change based on participation. The requirement to present a student ID has also been waived, and parents will only need to provide their child’s name. For ease and efficiency in the pick-up line, parents are encouraged to have this information clearly written in large print on a piece of paper.
 
The OCPS school meals program is offered through the USDA Child Nutrition Program under the Florida Department of Agriculture. While meals are offered at no charge through Dec. 17, parents are encouraged to fill out an application for free or reduced-price meals if their income has changed. The deadline for new applications, and the expiration of last year’s benefits, is Sept. 23. Please go to myschoolapps.com to complete your application. The additional benefit of having approved eligibility includes discounts on internet and utility services, fees waived for college applications, and numerous summer camps as opportunities for the schools to receive grants and other funding.
 
 
(For more information, please contact Food and Nutrition Services at 407-858-3110 ext. 3295180)