2855 Colonial Blvd • Fort Myers, FL 33966
Phone: 239.334.1102 • TTD/TTY: 239.335.1512
Our Vision: To be a world-class school system
Welcome to the Food & Nutrition Services Department
2855 Colonial Boulevard
Fort Myers, FL 33966-1012.
Our phone number is 239-461-8449.
Free & Reduced Lunch Application Info
New for this school year. You can fill out your free and reduced application online. Just click on the link below to complete your application.
Complete your free and reduced application on line. Click on the link below and follow all instructions.
Free & Reduced Application Process
This is our 11th year for family applications. Parents need to turn in 1 application per household. Applications are available in English and Spanish at all schools. Your family application should be given to your youngest child to return to his/her school; or you may mail the form to Food and Nutrition Services at 2855 Colonial Blvd.; Fort Myers, FL 33966.
What is Direct Certification?
Under direct certification, school districts use information from State welfare or food stamp offices to certify children to receive free meals. To qualify, the children's families must receive food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or assistance from the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR).
How do you know if your Student is Direct Certified?
Direct Certification Letters are sent to the homes of pre-approved students.
If one student is Direct Certified, in a household, are the remaining students also Direct Certified?
Yes, if you receive a direct certification letter for one student in the household, and you have other siblings in the housethat are not directly certified contact your school or the Food Service Department.
Application Completion Tips
What measures can I take to expedite my applications approval?
- Do the application Online at https://mealapplication.leeschools.net/
- Use BLACK or BLUE ink ONLY
- Print Clearly within the Red Squares
- Use your students name as it appears on their Birth Certificate
- List all Other Household Members and their income
- Fill in last 4 digits of Social Security Number or Check box Stating “I do Not Have SSN”
- SIGNATURE IS REQUIRED
Why is it necessary to use BLACK or BLUE INK?
The scanning process recognizes black and blue ink the best. When an applicant uses pencil the darkness diminishes when scanned. In the scanning process all markings in red on the document disappear. Therefore, an application submitted in red ink will be sent back to the applicant.
Why do we need to keep in the red squares?
The software is set up to recognize characters inside each red square. Hence, a lower case “g”, written with the tail extending below the red square will appear to be an “o.”
Why is it necessary to use the same name as it appears on the Birth Certificate?
Since the School District of Lee County uses the birth date and name information from the Birth Certificate, the only way the application can be validated is by using the same information. Clearly, nicknames and family abbreviations will slow down the application process.
Why do you list All Other Household Members?
The consideration for approval of an application is based income and the number of household members. Therefore, it is advantageous to list all member of the household.
Why do I need to fill out Social Security Number and sign the application?
These two sections are required fields it is very important that these sections be completed. If this information is not filled in the application will be returned to the applicant.
If I have more than one student going to school in the School District of Lee County do I need to fill out more than one application?
No, as a matter of fact, even the though the application process has been automated each application still has to be validated. When more than one form arrives with the same information on it the approval process is slowed down.
If I have a student living at home that goes to a private school, charter school, or Pre K school, in Lee County, do I include them on the application?
Yes, include them in the section #4 All Other Household Members. By including them in section #3 Student Information the approval process is slowed down
Income Eligibility Guidelines
Use the income chart below to see if you qualify for the free or reduced price meal program. Effective July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014
|HOUSEHOLD SIZE||ANNUAL||MONTHLY||TWICE PER MONTH||EVERY TWO WEEKS||WEEKLY|
|FOR EACH ADDITIONAL FAMILY MEMBER , ADD||7,437||620||310||287||144|
*A household of 1 means a foster child, a child in out-of-home care, or a pupil who is his/her sole support.
"A private school scholarship is available." If your household qualifies for free or reduced-price lunch, your students may be eligible to receive a state-supported scholarship to a private school. for more information visit www.StepUpForStudents.org or click on the picture above.