Tomorrow is World Smile Day

Friday, October 5, is World Smile Day.

If you’re an OCPS student, eat school lunch, share a smile, and receive a prize!

Apply Now for Free and Reduced School Meals

Did you know your student may qualify for special meal benefits offered at school? These benefits include meals offered at reduced prices or at no charge to those who qualify. To find out if your family qualifies, fill out a meal benefits application at

Free Summer Meals for Students in Need

School is almost out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean students who depend on school lunches have to go hungry. USDA’s Summer Food Service Program provides free, nutritious meals to kids in need all over the country. Learn more about the program and find a distribution site near your school.

Celebrate National School Lunch Week

National School Lunch Week is here!  Oct. 9-13, 2017

The #NSLW17 theme is “School Lunch: Recipes for Success.”

Join Orange County Public Schools in celebrating National School Lunch Week. Enjoy #SchoolLunch for your chance to win theme park tickets!


Free School Lunch Post Hurricane Irma

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has accepted the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ (FDACS) request to allow all students in 48 counties designated in the FEMA Major Disaster Declaration access to free school meals through the National School Lunch Program.

All students in the following counties can access free school meals through the National School Lunch Program from Sept.18 – Oct. 20, 2017: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, DeSoto, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Seminole, Sarasota, Sumter, Suwannee, Union and Volusia.

FDACS may be requesting additional flexibilities. As such, additional information may be added to the waiver. The FDACS website will be updated as needed.

Low Cost Internet Available

Spectrum Internet Assist is a new low-cost, high-speed broadband service that provides qualifying households with internet service for $14.99 per month. To qualify for Spectrum Internet Assist, a member of the household must be a recipient of one of the following programs:

  • The National School Lunch Program (NSLP); free or reduced cost lunch
  • The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of the NSLP
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) age 65 and over only

For more information on Spectrum Internet Assist

  • Call 1-844-525-1574


Celebrate Your School Lunch Hero

School Nutrition Employee Week: May 2-6, 2016

Between preparing healthy meals for America’s students, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies and offering service with a smile, school nutrition professionals are true heroes!

School Lunch Hero Day

School Lunch Hero Day is the first Friday in May – May 6, 2016.  Click here for ideas to celebrate your school lunch hero and share your pictures with us!

Celebrate National School Lunch Week

Picture1To recognize the National School Lunch Program and the 30 million children it serves every day, schools across the country are recognizing National School Lunch Week from October 12-16, 2015. The theme, “School Lunch Snapshot” is all about sharing the best images of today’s school lunches.

National School Lunch Week emphasizes the healthy foods that are offered daily at in schools.  School lunches are healthier than ever, with more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and less fat and sodium.  National School Lunch Week helps educate parents and students about all the benefits of the National School Lunch Program, and the appealing choices offered”.

The federally-funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides nutritionally balanced, healthy meals to students everyday.  The program, which has been serving the nation’s children for over 60 years, requires school meals to meet federal nutrition standards like offering fruits and vegetables every day, serving whole-grain rich foods, and limiting fat, calories, and sodium.

The “School Lunch Snapshot” campaign is made possible by the nonprofit School Nutrition Association. Parents and students can follow the fun via the hashtag #NSLW. For more information about schools meals, visit

Do It Yourself School Tacos

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Make School Lunches Your Kids Will Brag About

school lunchThe start of school signifies many things.  One of which is getting back to making school lunches for our kids.  There are many things to consider when making a school lunch.  What will my kids eat?  What can I pack them that won’t go bad not being refrigerated?  What type of lunchbox do they need?


Don’t worry, we have your answers.  Healthy Kids Today has compiled a quick guide to making your kids school lunches.  If you have tips and ideas, tell us in the comments below!


School Lunch Tech

  • Items like diary products, meats and most things that should be kept cold – SHOULD
    be kept cold.  Freezer packs are very important.
  • Instead of a brown bag, invest in a plastic or metal lunchbox.  The best choice is one that is insulated.  You want your food fresh when you’re ready to eat it.
  • Plan your meals out for the whole week.  It makes it easier to grocery shop when you have a plan and you usually spend less money.
  • Make sure to include something from every food group.  Add a small container of hummus so they can dip their veggies in if they won’t eat them plain.
  • Pack enough food for the day.  Not too much and not too little.  This might take a few tries to get it right (and that’s alright).
  • Avoid always giving them snack foods like potato chips, cookies or candy.  Allowing them in moderation is certainly fine, but don’t make it an every day habit.

Avoid the Boring Lunch!

  • Instead of….
    • bread try whole wheat pita
    • meat and cheese try peanut butter and fruit
    • ranch try hummus
    • baked chips try pretzels
    • granola bars try nuts
    • regular yogurt try greek yogurt