Food Services

The Food Services department at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) provides quality, nutritious meals to students and staff members as required by the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. Link to current school menu below.

FSDB Student Menu

What We Do

  • Operate three kitchens and three dining rooms serving students and staff members approximately 1,400 meals each day, prepared mostly from scratch
  • Provide a student work-training program in the Dragon’s Lair, a campus retail food operation, as well as in the main kitchens, teaching basic skills needed for employment in the hospitality/food service industry
  • Provide support to the FSDB Culinary Training program
  • Collaborate with Dragon Flowers on student “Farm to School” learning experiences
  • Plan menus that meet dietary guidelines required by the Federal government
  • Serve modified diets upon medical order, as prescribed by physicians
  • Accommodate religious diets to the extent feasibly possible
  • Cater special events for students, staff members, and guests
  • Counsel and educate students in nutrition
  • Promote healthy eating practices

Wellness Policy

In response to the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, the FSDB Wellness Committee planned, developed and adopted a Wellness Policy. For more information, contact wellness@fsdb.k12.fl.us. Input from parents regarding the policy is always welcome.

Free and Reduced Price Program

FSDB offers free, healthy meals each school day. With parental assistance, FSDB may qualify for government reimbursement for some of the cost of providing a child’s meals. Parents can help increase the funding FSDB receives for the benefit of their child/children. Please review the letter and complete one of the two forms below for School Year 2015-2016:

Parent Information Letter (English)
Carta informativa para los padres de familia (Español)

Free and Reduced Price Application (English) – Day students
Solicitud para reducciones de precio o exenciones de pago (Español) – Alumnos externos

Individual Determination Form (English) – Boarding students
Formulario de determinación individual (Español) – Alumnos internos

Mail completed form to:

Jessica Stankiewicz, Director of Culinary Programs
Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind
207 N. San Marco Avenue
St. Augustine, FL 32084-2799

Links of Interest

Understanding the USDA’s National School Lunch Program
The School Day Just Got Healthier–USDA FAQs on School Meal Nutrition Standards

For more information, contact:

Jessica Stankiewicz
Director of Culinary Programs
904.827.2390

Dorian Gorney
Registered Dietetic Technician
904.827.2693