For Parents

A healthy lifestyle begins at home. That’s why Fresh for Florida Kids strives to provide parents with the same support and encouragement for promoting healthy values as we do for our schools. Here you will find recipes, nutritional information, healthy snack alternatives, activities for kids and online resources at your fingertips.

Our program also helps Florida parents know and understand the new dietary guidelines mandated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. These new standards ensure that schools offer students fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis, an increase in whole grain-rich foods, fat-free or low-fat milk and proper portion sizes.

Recipes for a Healthy Home

Recipes for a Healthy Home

Continue healthy habits at home with these family-friendly recipes created by Chef Justin Timineri.


School Lunch Nutrition Requirements

School Lunch Nutrition Requirements

What is your child eating? Learn about the new nutrition standards that schools must meet in the meals and snacks they serve.


Food Allergies in Schools

Food Allergies in Schools

Resources and education for parents of children with food allergies


Step Up For Students Scholarship

Step Up For Students is a non-profit organization that provides Tax Credit Scholarships to students in K-12 who come from low-income families


Applying for Free and Reduced-Price School Meals

Schools send school meal applications home at the beginning of each school year. However, you may apply for school meals at any time throughout the school year by submitting a household application directly to your school. Your school will provide you with an application upon request.


Florida's School Garden Art Contest Winners

The purpose of Florida’s School Garden Art Contest is to promote and reward outstanding school garden programs that go above and beyond during the school year by enhancing their programs with creative and artistic features. 


“Fresh From Florida Kids”

"Fresh From Florida Kids" is a program to help parents instill healthy eating in their young children. Research suggests that taste preferences and eating habits are fully developed by the time a child is three years old, so starting early is essential. "Fresh From Florida Kids" will teach you how to easily make homemade baby food using fresh, wholesome ingredients. Then, as your child grows, you can introduce more healthy meals from the wide selection of recipes offered here.