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Free and Reduced-Price Meal Program

Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) serves nutritious meals every day. All meals must meet the criteria established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Breakfast is FREE for students at all Miami-Dade Public Schools each school day.

To apply for free or reduced-price lunch, households must complete an application either online at http://nutrition.dadeschools.net or by returning a hard copy to the school where the youngest child attends. Complete only one application per household and applications may be submitted at any time during the year. Applications are available at the main office of each school in English, Spanish and Creole. The information provided on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year.
Households that receive SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) or TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) are required to list on the application the case number. Skip section 3 on the application. Free meal benefits will be extended to all children in a household when the application lists a SNAP/TANF number.
Foster children will receive free benefits regardless of the child’s personal income or the income of the household. Foster students are not required to complete an application in order to receive lunch at no charge. All other households must provide the following information listed on the application:

  • Names of all students in household – provide their student ID number, date of birth and name of the school they attend;
  • Names of all household members;
  • Total household income listed by gross amount received, type of income (e.g., wages, child support, etc.) and how often the income is received by each household member;
  • Signature of an adult household member certifying the information provided is correct; and
  • Last four digits of the social security number of the adult signing the application. If this household member does not have a social security number the word “NONE” should be written or an X must be placed in the box “No SSN.”

Students may pre-pay for lunch online at www.PayPams.com, or in the school cafeteria with a check or cash. Information on PayPayms will be sent home along with the free/reduced-price meal application pamphlet on the first day of school. Full-price elementary school lunch is $2.25. Full-price middle and senior high school lunch is $2.50. Reduced-price lunch, at all grade levels, costs 40 cents a day.