School Meals

For everyone's health and safety, a facial covering or mask is required when picking up meals at any school food distribution site.
We appreciate your compliance with this important request.


Student grab-and-go meals will be available at 173 District-operated and charter schools throughout the County. Distributions will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Three days worth of meals will be provided on Tuesdays, and two days worth of meals will be distributed on Thursdays.

Meals served at the food distribution sites, and at school when we return on September 21, will be free to all students and children 18 years of age and younger (22 year old and younger if ESE). 

Parents or children will still need to bring one of the following forms of identification to receive meals at the food distribution sites:  Student ID Badge, Student Barcode Letter (that can be found in your child’s student portal), Passport, Birth Certificate, Library Card, or picture of the adult picking up meals with their children. A facial covering or mask is also required for meal pick up.

You do not need to visit your child’s school for food distribution. You are welcome to visit any location of your choice. Pick up is either in the bus loop or parent pickup area of the school. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has provided a waiver to allow parents/guardians to pick up meals without the child being present. The parent will show the identification to staff providing the meals, staff will scan the bar code for each child, and meals will be provided for the number of children identified. Meals cannot be picked up in bulk for multiple families. The parent or guardian must be present to receive the meals.

Meals provided vary by location and may contain allergens. Adults picking up the food are asked to be vigilant and ensure they do not take food if allergies may be a concern. Food should be refrigerated or discarded if not consumed upon receipt.

The USDA has approved free meals for all to continue through December 31, 2020 as long as funds are available. As such, when District campus buildings reopen, all children will remain eligible for free meals, regardless of their original meal status. 

Families that would meet the eligibility guidelines for free or reduced-price meals are still asked to submit an application if they have not already been approved.

This is to ensure that School Food Service has them approved for future meal benefits, when the all free meal program ends. Additionally, the applications assist schools with obtaining other resources and programs for those students.

The School District of Palm Beach County