Frequently Asked Questions

Will the meals be the same or different?

Every student has the same access to all meals served at their school’s location. We have updated our menu this year so be sure to look for the new & exciting entrees! 

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Do I Need to do anything to get these free meals at qualifying schools?
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What about the balance in my prepay account?

Your child can use this balance to pay for other things not included in the standard school lunch, like snacks or special beverages.

If you have another sibling that attends one of our schools that is not providing free meals to all students you could request we transfer funds to that student account.

If you would like us to refund the remaining balance please provide us with the full student name and school location they are currently attending. Also, include the name of the person you would like the check made out to and the mailing address we are to send the refund check. “Important note”…… if you are using the on-line prepayment system and if you have it set up for “automatic replenishment” you will need to turn off the auto replenishment feature before you ask us to refund the account.

Please send a refund request to Terri Thomas at [email protected]

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Why are there some schools not providing free lunches for all students?

Schools qualify based on the percent of directly certified students attending (must be 40 % or higher)

  • Direct certified means these students already qualify for some other federal nutrition assistance programs.
  • The six schools that did not qualify will still participate in the national school lunch program and parents can apply for free or reduced meals just like in the past. Breakfast will still be free to all students.

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Which schools are not qualified to participate in the free lunch program?
Non- Qualifying schools are: Estero HS/ North HS/ Ft Myers HS/ Three Oaks Middle/ Three Oaks El/ Sanibel school Return to Top
If my school is not participating can I still apply for the Free and Reduced meal program?
Yes those other schools will still operate under NSLP guidelines and parents can apply (on line application is available now) Return to Top
With meals “free” now at many Lee County Schools, why can’t my child just get a free milk or a piece of fruit instead of having to take a whole meal?
The cost of school meals provided to students in our District are subsidized by the federal government through participation in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. In order for the District to receive the federal funds that support these programs, specific meal components must be served that make up a complete meal for the student. The District does not receive any funds for any single components served.     Return to Top