530 LaSolona Avenue, Arcadia FL. 34266 | Phone: 863.494.4222 | Fax:863.494.0389

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Welcome to the Food Service Department! We are responsible for providing healthy and tasty meals for the students of DeSoto County. Understanding that a hungry child cannot learn, our objectives are to provide school food services consistent with the nutritional needs of students and to provide school food services that contribute to the student’s educational experiences. On average we serve over 3,500 lunches daily.

Through the Federal School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, our department provides balanced breakfast, lunch and after school snacks. We also provide after school snacks and two of our schools participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program, providing students with fresh fruit or vegetables weekly. Our department is self-sufficient relying on funds from reimbursement, student payment and adult payments.


As part of the National School Lunch Program, our department must meet the required nutrient levels for specific age or grade groups for eight essential nutrients including calories, protein, total fat, saturated fat, vitamins A and C, iron and calcium. Breakfast must meet 1/4 of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) and lunch must meet 1/3 of the RDA for each age/grade group.

At least half of the grains offered through our cafeterias are whole grain and we only serve low-fat (unflavored) or fat free (unflavored or flavored) milk.


No application needed!

We are pleased to inform you that the School District of DeSoto County will continue to participate in the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) for School Year 2016-2017.

Schools that participate in the CEP are able to provide healthy breakfasts and lunches each day at no charge for ALL students enrolled in that CEP school during the 2016-2017 School Year.

If we can be of any further assistance, please contact us at the Food Service Department; 863-494-4222 ext. 1700.


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


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