Healthy School Menus
Students who are well-fed are more
likely to be focused and ready to learn. The Sarasota County School District has
long been a leader in serving delicious, nutritious school meals, using locally
grown products whenever possible.
district’s Food and Nutrition Services Department serves about 32,000 meals
each day. More than 50 percent of students currently receive free or
reduced-price meals. Eligible parents are encouraged to apply online for their
children to receive free or reduced-price meals throughout the school year,
including free or breakfasts and lunches. Some schools offer free breakfasts to
2014 the district was the recipient of one of only eight nationally awarded Farm
to School Implementation Grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The
$100,000 grant funding is being used to enhance existing programs that bring
local produce to school cafeteria menus.
main objective of the Farm to School grant is for Florida-grown produce to
represent 50 percent of the district’s entire produce budget. Other goals of
the grant include expanding school gardens and arranging field trips for
students to local farms.
Click on the links on this page to learn more about healthy
meals in the Sarasota County Schools.