USDA EXTENDS FREE MEALS FOR 2021-22 SY
All students in the Walton County School District will be provided FREE breakfast and lunch meals for the 2021-22 school year. The US Department of Agriculture has extended waivers that Walton County Schools will operate under as our commitment to provide safe, healthy meals free of charge to children as the pandemic continues to disrupt the food and nutrition security of our most vulnerable. Students must pay for any a la carte items and enter their PIN when receiving free meals. Parents are asked to continue to fill out meal applications online or paper even though meals are FREE. Parents may not see the point of applying, but the percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced-priced meals provides funding for supplemental services in high-need areas. To continue to provide additional curriculum and extension of free meals, application completion by families is extremely important. Please remember, only one application is needed per household.
SUMMER FEED 2021
With schools out for the Summer, Walton County School District is happy to announce our Summer Feed program. All children 18 and under are eligible to pick up free meals at any of our open sites.
- West DeFuniak Elementary
- Freeport Middle School
- Van R Butler
In addition to daily meals, WCSD Food Services will be operating curbside pickup for parents to pick up meal kits. Each meal kit consists of
- 5 day of Breakfast
- 5 days of Lunch
- ½ gallon of Milk
- Bag of fresh fruits and vegetables
Every Tuesday at Van R Butler 10:30-12:30
Every Wednesday at Freeport High School 10:30-12:30
Every Thursday at Walton Middle School 10:30-12:30
This program is for all children and all income levels. Please take advantage of this fantastic opportunity. To view daily menus, please click on the Meal Viewer link on this page. If you have any questions, please contact Food and Nutrition Services at 850-892-1100 Ext 1361
Family Empowerment Scholarship
The Family Empowerment Scholarship (FES) Program is one of Florida’s greatest victories for low-income and working-class families, and it is the first of its kind to extend support to middle-income families. Following the 2019 Legislative Session, Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 7070, which creates the FES Program and provides 18,000 students life-changing education opportunities for academic and career success.
The FES Program will provide an educational lifeline to students waiting for an opportunity to find the school that will best work for them and puts more parents in the driver’s seat to determine the best educational environments for their children.
A student is eligible for a scholarship if the student meets the following criteria:
The student’s household income level does not exceed 300% of the federal poverty level ($77,250 for a family of four) or the student is on the direct certification list (list of children who qualify for the food assistance program, the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Program, or the Food Distribution on Indian Reservations program), or
The student is currently placed, or during the previous state fiscal year was placed, in foster care or in out-of-home care as defined in s. 39.01
The student is eligible to enroll in kindergarten or has spent the prior school year (2018-19) in attendance at a Florida public school. Prior attendance means the student was enrolled in and in attendance at a Florida public school during both the October and February student counts.
A sibling of a student who is participating in the scholarship program under the above eligibility criteria is eligible for a scholarship if the student resides in the same household as the sibling.
Prior to scholarship funds being awarded, the student must be accepted and enrolled in a participating private school. For a list of eligible schools, please view the Department’s Private School Directory. A private school that is currently eligible to participate in any of the scholarship programs is eligible to participate in the FES. However, parents should contact the schools to inquire as to whether the private school will participate in the program.
How to Begin Application Process
Parents who meet the eligibility requirements above and are interested in applying for the FES should first contact one of Florida’s two approved scholarship funding organizations (SFOs) to complete the income verification process. Students who have already applied for the Florida Tax Credit (FTC) Scholarship program may be determined to meet the income eligibility without resubmitting household income documentation to the SFO.
2020-2021 School Year
Online Free & Reduced Meal Applications
The WCSD Food and Nutrition Department is accepting free and reduced meal applications online! The online applications enable parents to complete and submit the applications faster, while allowing Food and Nutrition Services to approve the applications in a more timely manner. The application can be accessed from any computer with internet capabilities. Food and Nutrition services is happy to bring this technology to our families to ensure that students receive meal benefits as quickly as possible. The online applications are secure and the application is confidential. Please remember, if your child qualifies for meal benefits, these benefits are available for breakfast and lunch. Completion of applications and benefit determination can qualify your child for additional benefits and resources.
Printable Free & Reduced Meal Applications
EZ School Pay
EZSchoolPay.com is an easy, convenient and secure way to pay for school meals. It allows you to review transaction history, check balances and receive low balance alerts. Sign-up is easy and free!
The WCSD Food and Nutrition Department has partnered with MealViewer to create an interactive menu that provides specific information about the WCSD menu such as nutritional content and allergy information. This new virtual menu is perfect for health-conscious parents and students looking to make healthy choices for breakfast and lunch, or anyone who wants to learn more about the foods they eat at school. Download the FREE app today to access school menus on your smartphone.
If you have not found us on Facebook yet, search “Walton County School District – Food and Nutrition Services” and like our page. We keep our Facebook page up to date with school and cafeteria information, pictures and more!
Food and Nutrition Home
- Wellness Policy.pdf (165.5 KBs)
- Meal Charge Procedure.pdf (125.9 KBs)
- Justice for All.pdf (207.1 KBs)
- Free & Reduced Meal Application 2020-21 SY.pdf (1.6 MBs)
- Free & Reduced Meal Application 2020-21 SY - Spanish.pdf (1.5 MBs)
- Family Empowerment Scholarship Spanish - FES Letter Spanish.pdf (291.6 KBs)
- Family Empowerment Scholarship English - FES Letter English.pdf (221.2 KBs)
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: [email protected]
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.