A tuition-free nonprofit military charter school.

Breakfast & Lunch

Breakfast and Lunch are available through the Sarasota County Schools Food and Nutrition Services Department. Meals comply with National School Lunch Program guidelines. With the waivers expiring for the ability of the county to offer free meals for all students, we will be returning to the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs for this upcoming school year. Meal Prices included a price increase for paid students - the increase is only a quarter for lunch prices.
PDF of lunch increased breakfast & lunch prices for 2022-23
Options for Purchasing Meals: 
  • Money is collected daily at lunch by the Food and Nutrition Services cashier.
  • You may also pre-pay with cash or a check. Please send money in a well-sealed envelope. Label the envelope and write in the memo of the check your child's first name, last name, student ID (N) #, and total amount included. Checks are to be made payable to Tatum Ridge Elementary. Please put your child's name and student ID (N) # in the memo area of the check as well. You will be notified when your child's account is running low. Please make sure your child's account is current.
  • If you have more than one child at the school, please designate how the money or check should be divided.

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Bringing Lunch: Choose healthy foods with proteins and complex carbohydrates. Students are not permitted to bring: fast food, soda, vitamin drinks, energy drinks, tea, coffee, caffeinated drinks, or gum to school. Cadets with these items may be asked to throw items away and may receive an infraction.
  • We encourage cadets to bring water to drink daily. Water must be in a clear water bottle or drinking container. Water is the only drink cadets are allowed to have on campus outside of the lunchroom during the school day.
  • Parent/guardian lunch dates with students or having food delivered to campus for their child are not options on the SMA Prep campus.
  • A reservation is required to bring in cupcakes/treats for birthdays and must be prearranged with the front desk at least 3 days in advance. Cupcakes/treats will be allowed at a reserved table during lunchtime. Gifts, balloons, teddy bears, etc. are not allowed.
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