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As the government shutdown enters its third week, an estimated 800,000 federal employees will face their first missed paycheck on Friday. Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ (M-DCPS) stands ready to assist students and employees whose families may be impacted by this shutdown.

The district’s Department of Food and Nutrition is reminding and encouraging parents, whose financial situation may have changed, that they may apply at any time for their child to receive free or reduced-price lunch. The online application is located at freeandreducedmealapp.dadeschools.net.
Breakfast is FREE for students at all Miami-Dade Public Schools each school day.
“The ongoing federal government shutdown may be causing unforeseen financial hardships for families in our community,” said Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho. “The well-being of every member of our community is a priority to our School Board. As such, Miami-Dade County Public Schools stands ready to assist those families in need by providing extra layers of support.”

Presently, 74.2 percent of M-DCPS students are eligible for free lunch. The District also serves after-school meals at 234 elementary, middle and senior high schools. The after-school meals are served to students participating in after-school programs operated by either the principal or community agencies.

Additionally, M-DCPS has partnered with South Florida Educational Federal Credit Union to assist employees and family members who have been affected by the government shutdown. Employees should be aware that there are programs in place that may be able to assist M-DCPS employees or family members who have existing accounts or loans with the credit union.

The District’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) also stands ready to provide support and available resources for employees and family members affected by the shutdown.

For questions about the lunch program, parents should call 786-275-0400, ext 5000.  For additional information, employees should contact the Credit Union at 305-270-5200 or EAP at 305-995-7111.
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