Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) will be distributing student meals at at all schools, beginning Tuesday, September 1, 2020.
Grab-and-go breakfast and lunch pick-ups will now take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. School meals are for enrolled M-DCPS students and adhere to federal U.S. Department of Agriculture requirements. Student ID numbers will be required at all distributions.
On Tuesdays, students will receive two (2) breakfast and two (2) lunch meals. On Thursdays, M-DCPS will provide three (3) breakfast and three (3) lunch meals. Meal items are packaged in their frozen and refrigerated state to be taken home. Home heating instructions for the frozen items are included.
Breakfast is FREE for all enrolled M-DCPS students and lunch is provided based on meal benefit eligibility status:
- There is no charge for students who qualify for free lunch
- Reduced-price lunch costs $0.40 for all grade levels
- Full-price lunch costs $2.25 for elementary and $2.50 for secondary students
Lunch payments must be made online utilizing PayPAMS.com. Parents must create a PayPams account to make lunch payments for their child. Cash payments will not be accepted.
Families are encouraged to apply for Free or Reduced-Price Lunch (FRPL), even if they did not qualify in previous years, as their circumstances may have changed. Parents or guardians can apply online by visiting nutrition.dadeschools.net.
Complete only one application per household. The information provided on the application will be utilized for the purpose of determining eligibility and may be verified at any time. Applications may be submitted any time during the year.
Click here for the 2020-2021 informational flyer with additional details about the Free or Reduced-Price Lunch Application.
M-DCPS has not wavered in its commitment to support students and families in need, providing nearly seven million free meals since the closure of schools in March,
To stay connected, it is imperative for parents to keep their contact information updated at their child’s school. Families can also sign up to receive emergency text messages by texting “Y” to 67587.