Marion County public schools offer free meals to all students


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Posted January 8, 2021 | Ocala Gazette Staff

All middle and high school students in Marion County Public Schools will now receive free school meals, according to the school system.

The new effort is paid for through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program.

Elementary students already receive free meals under the USDA National School Lunch Breakfast Program. The addition of secondary students allows for more students to regularly receive nutritious meals and for the district to recoup costs associated with meal service, according to a press release.

Marion County public schools serve an average of 14,000 breakfasts and 21,000 lunches every day. During the first 10 weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, the district provided nearly 475,000 student meals, according to the school system.

Curbside school meals are also available at 10 locations to children 18 and under regardless of income.

School Address Day Serving Time
Belleview High 10400 SE 36th Ave., Belleview Monday Only 8:30am-9am
Dunnellon High 10055 SW 180th Ave. Road, Dunnellon Monday Only 8:30am-9am
Forest High 5000 SE Maricamp Road, Ocala Monday Only 8:30am-9am
Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks 365 Marion Oaks Drive, Ocala Monday Only 8:30am-9am
Lake Weir High 10351 SE Maricamp Road, Ocala Monday Only 8:30am-9am
Lake Weir Middle 10220 SE Sunset Harbor Road, Summerfield Monday Only 8:30am-9am
Liberty Middle 4773 SW 95th St., Ocala Monday Only 8:30am-9am
North Marion High 151 W CR 329, Citra Monday Only 8:30am-9am
Vanguard High 7 NW 28th St., Ocala Monday Only 8:30am-9am
West Port High 3733 SW 80th Ave., Ocala Monday Only 8am-8:30am