Applying for Free & Reduced Meal Benefits

  • Any student enrolled in a School District of Manatee County Public School may apply for the free and reduced lunch program. 

    Apply today for 2022-23 School Year Free or Reduced Meal Benefits click here.


    • Breakfast is FREE for all students at all schools
    • You have to reapply every year for Meal Benefits
    • Only one household application needs to be completed per family, including foster children
    • Foster children are categorically eligible for free meals. They should be part of the family application
    • Blank paper applications are available in English and Spanish. They are located at your schools’ main office
    • Applications can be submitted at any time during the school year
    • Once an application is processed Food and Nutrition Services will mail a letter notifying the parent/guardian of the student’s lunch status
    • If your child goes to one of the following Community Eligibility Program (CEP) schools they will receive FREE breakfast and lunch everyday - no free and reduced application is needed
      • Abel Elementary                                                                         
      • Ballard Elementary                                   
      • Bayshore Elementary                                                                         
      • Bayshore High                                          
      • Blackburn Elementary                              
      • Daughtrey Elementary                             
      • Horizons Academy
      • Just for Girls Academy                                         
      • Lee Middle
      • Lincoln Memorial Middle
      • Manatee Elementary
      • Manatee School for the Arts and Science                                
      • Moody Elementary
      • Oasis Middle
      • Oneco Elementary
      • Palm View K-8
      • Palmetto Elementary
      • Prine Elementary    
      • Rogers Garden Elementary
      • Samoset Elementary
      • Sea Breeze Elementary
      • Southeast High
      • Sugg Middle
      • Tillman Elementary
      • Visible Men Academy (VMA)

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