The School Board of Miami-Dade County
Bylaws & Policies
Unless a specific policy has been amended and the date the policy was revised is noted at the bottom of that policy, the Bylaws and Policies of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools were adopted on May 11, 2011 and were in effect beginning July 1, 2011.


The Food and Nutrition service program shall strive to: (1) provide school food services consistent with the nutritional needs of students, and (2) provide school food services that contribute to the studentís educational experiences and the development of desirable eating habits.

Expenditures from the Food and Nutrition Service Operating Fund shall comply with State Board of Education Rule: F.A.C. 6A-1.012, Purchasing Policies, and National School Lunch Act Regulations 7 C.F.R. 210-250.

Purchase of equipment for the Food and Nutrition service program shall comply with State Board of Education Rules; F.A.C. 6A-2, Educational Facilities; 6A-7.040; 6A-7.042, and National School Lunch Act Regulations 7 C.F.R. Parts 210-250

Administrative Responsibility

The director of food services is responsible for supervising and administering the food service program and shall provide system-wide coordination to achieve the most efficient and nutritional operation at the lowest possible cost to the student.


The principal and local school staff are responsible for:

 A.complying with Federal and State laws, regulations, and the Board's policies;

 B.effecting ways to increase student knowledge of nutrition through classroom instruction and learning experiences outside the classroom; and

 C.scheduling students for the greatest participation in the school food service program.

Cost of Meals

The Food and Nutrition service program shall be operated on a non-profit basis according to the Boardís contractual agreement with the Florida Department of Education and in compliance with Florida statutes, State Board of Education Rules, and the National Child Nutrition (P.L. 89-642) and School Lunch (P.L. 79-396) Acts. The price of meals shall be determined annually by the Board upon recommendations of the Superintendent. Cafeteria employees are given a lunch as part of their salary. Other adults shall pay the Board-adopted sale price.

The Board shall approve any change in the prices for student meals sold in the schools. Prices of individually priced food and beverage items and adult meals shall be determined by the food service director.

Federal School Lunch Program

The Board shall participate in the Federal School Lunch Program and offer free or reduced-price meals according to the United States Department of Agriculture guidelines.

School-allied special programs are permitted to contract with Food and Nutrition Service for meals and supplemental nourishments upon approval by the Superintendent.

Meals for non-school allied community groups may be provided if recommended by the Superintendent pursuant to a written contract approved by the Board. The Board shall be fully compensated for the full cost of services provided.

F.S. 1001.41, 1001.42, 1001.51, 1006.06, 1013.12
F.A.C. 6A-7.0411, 6A-7.41, 6A-7.42(2), 6A-7.421, 6A-7.45, 6A-7.46
7 C.F.R. 210, 215, 220, 240