The School District of Indian River County offers a choice of healthy meals each school day. All meals served meet the nutrition standards set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. We do NOT fry any foods.

The National School Lunch & Breakfast Program is subsidized for low income families. Children who qualify under the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines may get meals free or for the reduced price of 30 cents for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch.

Meals for the Disabled:  If your child has a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act and that disability prevents your child from eating the regular school meal, the school will make any substitution prescribed by a medical professional at no extra charge. The school is not required to make a substitution for a food allergy unless the allergy meets the definition of a disability. If you believe your child needs substitutions, please contact the cafeteria manager.

Who can get free or reduced price meals?

If you now receive WIC, SNAP or TANF for your child, if you are unemployed, or if are applying for a foster child, your child(ren) may be eligible for free meals. Also, if your household income is within the limits on the Federal Income Guidelines, your child(ren) can get free or reduced price meals.

How do I apply?

Apply online using the website, http://www.lunchapplication.com. You may also complete and return a paper application to the cafeteria manager or mail it to Food & Nutrition Services at 6055 62nd Avenue, Vero Beach, FL 32967. Processing can take up to 10 working days.

You can obtain a copy of the paper, meal application from:

the cafeteria, front office or guidance area of any school

the office of Food & Nutrition Services at 6055 62nd Avenue, Vero Beach

the District Offices on 6500 57th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32967.

If you have any questions about the application, please call 564-4983.

Do I need an application for each child/school?
No, Indian River processes family applications. List all students on one application even if they attend different schools.

Is an application needed every year?
Yes, you must submit a new application every year.

What happens while I'm waiting for my application to be processed?
Until our office approves your meal application, your children must pay full price for meals. You will need to pack lunches for your children or give them money to purchase school meals.

Temporary Carryover of Meal Benefits from the Previous Year: If your child was receiving free or reduced-price meals in June at an Indian River County Public School or Sebastian Charter Jr. High, his/her benefits will carryover for up to 30 days into the new school year or until your new application is processed. The application meal status takes precedence over the carryover benefits. If your child is not processed as eligible by the end of the 30 days, he/she loses the benefits and must pay for meals. Remember, a new meal application must be submitted every school year.

How long will it take to process my application?
Our goal is to process your application within 10 working days.