School Breakfast and Lunch are Free!
Beginning Monday, Sept. 21, all school breakfast and lunch meals will be free for all students in every Duval County Public School.
Additionally, Duval HomeRoom students can collect meals daily at any school regardless of enrollment from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
This change is due to a recent update with the federal USDA school feeding program and will be in effect until Dec. 31 of this year.
Additional information for Brick and Mortar and Duval HomeRoom students is below:
Brick and Mortar students
- All school breakfast and lunch meals will be free with the exception of ala carte items.
- Student ID is not required while going through the cafeteria line for breakfast or lunch meals. However, it is required for ala carte purchases.
- Meals will be served as normal at dining temperature (hot food, cold food) during regular school breakfast and lunchtimes.
Duval HomeRoom students
- Student or parent/guardian must present a valid form of ID for the student (Examples: the child’s school ID, government-issued ID or passport).
- Meals will be distributed cold, using zip lock bags with meals placed in a grocery bag.
- Cooking instructions are available here - we're adding more recipes as we change-up the menu!
Note that the supper and snack program will continue with no change.
COVID-19 Food Safety Policies and Procedures
Above all, the health and safety of those we serve and our teams remain our number one priority. You can be confident knowing we have implemented additional protocols to keep students, staff, and our employees safe.
Prior to the first day of work, and throughout the school year, all employees will attend extensive COVID-19 safety precautions and food safety training.
Daily Pre-Shift Health Screening
All employees will answer daily health assessment and risk exposure questions as well as have their temperatures checked prior to entering the school.
Personal Protective Equipment
Employees are required to wear face masks and disposable gloves at all times, changing gloves between each new task. Service line employees will also wear a face shield as an additional safety precaution. Face coverings will not be required while students are eating. However, while waiting in line to receive and pay for school meals, face coverings or face shields will be required.
Employees will continue to wash hands thoroughly and often, making sure to follow all CDC guidelines.
For everyone’s safety, we are minimizing close contact for employees in the kitchen and students in the serving line. Students' seating arrangements during meal service will be arranged for social distancing to the greatest extent possible.
Disinfecting High-Tough Surfaces
Frequently touched surfaces are thoroughly cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected throughout the day using effective EPA approved chemicals with special attention paid to serving lines between each group of students.
Individually Packaged Meals and Condiments
Food will now be individually packaged and served in covered containers. Employees will place the student’s meal on the serving line for the student to pick up before checkout.
Behind plexiglass barriers, employees will scan the student’s school ID card at the register for touch-free checkout.
School Meal Service
Lunch service in the cafeteria will look a little different this year. Meal option samples will be displayed for students to see and tell the server what they would like, but all meals will be prepackaged and handed directly to the student to ensure quick and safe service. With the enforcement of social distancing, some cafeterias may not have the capacity to serve all students during normal breakfast and lunch service. In these cases, breakfast or lunch may be served and consumed in the student’s classroom. In addition, meals may be eaten in other areas of the school such as outdoor patios (weather permitting) to enable social distancing.
In-School Meal Service
Since schools have different cafeteria layouts, the structure of in-school meal distribution will be determined by each school's principal. All students will be eligible to receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch each day. Snack and supper may be available in approved schools.
Duval HomeRoom Meal Service. HomeRoom menus are identical to regular in-school menus.
Students or parents/guardians can collect meals daily at any school regardless of enrollment from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. daily at the school entrance. Students or parents/guardians must have an acceptable form of ID for students to receive meals.
School Lunch Menus
View the school lunch menus online at duvalschools.nutrislice.com.