Nutritious free meals are available for children and teens 18 and younger at many locations throughout the nation throughout the summer while school is out of session. Find a site near you: Find Summer Meals in Your Community.
Downtown Miami Charter School participates in the Universal Free provision under the National School Lunch. This means all students at Downtown Miami Charter School are eligible to receive breakfast and lunch at no charge! A free and reduced application is still required for your school to receive their federal reimbursements for the program. If you have any questions about this program please call your school.
Applying for Free and Reduced Meals
We are now accepting free and reduced meal applications online! If you would like to submit your application online please visit the My Freedom Café portal. If you don’t already have an account you must register before you will be able to complete the application online. You will need to enter your child’s first name, last name, date of birth, and student ID just as it appears in PowerSchool.
Once you have linked your children to your account, you can proceed to submit your free and reduced lunch application by clicking the “Submit Application” link.
- How am I notified of the status of my application?
- Your child’s school will either send you a printed Household Benefit letter as you have received in the past or e-mail this letter to you.
- How long does the approval process take?
- Applications can typically be processed in one business day.
- Will I be notified of my eligibility right away?
- You will be notified as soon as the application has been processed. If the school has an email address for you on file, the Household Benefit letter will be emailed as soon as the application is processed. If no email address is on file a Household Benefit letter will be sent home with your child.
- How do I make corrections if I accidentally entered wrong information?
- The online application allows parents to go back and forth to correct any items. It also includes an account summary page before final submission to ensure that all family members, students, income and/or case numbers have been entered into the system correctly with the option to go back if corrections are needed.
Applications will also be available for pick up at your school.
Online Meal Payments
Great news! We are now accepting online payments for breakfast and lunch through e-Funds for Schools. You must register with e-Funds first, but then you can make online payments anytime! Register for eFunds. If you have questions about e-Funds for Schools or are having problems registering, please contact e-Funds directly by clicking on the Customer Service link at the bottom of your school’s e-Funds page.
Introducing Parent Rewards! Our cafeteria point of sale system introduces Parent Rewards! When you create an account you can:
- Monitor your child’s lunch balance and transaction history
- Add dietary notes, such as a food allergy
- Receive balance updates via push notifications
- Earn rewards that turn into credits to be used in the cafeteria to purchase items or increase your child’s meal account balance.
Sign up here: My Freedom Cafe Parent Portal.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Snack Menus
View our breakfast and lunch menus by visiting www.preferredmealsmenu.com. First, select your state. Next, for District select your school name. Last, for School Name select your school name again. This will allow you to view your school’s menus by day, week, and month!
Kitchen Health Inspections
In accordance with Senate Bill 1908, the school’s health certificate/inspection report is available for review.
The following Health Inspection document is an original copy. For accessibility assistance, contact the school at 305-579-2112.
Nutrition and Wellness
Downtown Miami Charter School, Inc. promotes health in students by supporting wellness, quality nutrition and regular physical activity as a part of the total learning environment.
The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act requires school cafeterias to meet new federal nutrition standards for school lunches and breakfasts. Read our “School Meals Have Changed!” flyer to learn more!
The USDA Smart Snacks Policy requires schools to only sell food and beverages that meet certain nutrition standards.
2015_Nondiscrimination_Statement_GuidanceIn 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, disability, age, 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: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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:
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