Food and Nutrition Services

The Office of Food and Nutrition Services provides a variety of nutritious choices for breakfast and lunch every day. Our menus are planned by a registered dietitian in accordance with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Food and Nutrition Services department is a self-supporting $9.1 million business. Over 150 food service professionals take pride in serving 18,000 customers daily at 34 schools and satellite centers. The food service program, as an extension of the educational programs in the schools, is operated under the federally-funded National School Lunch Act and Child Nutrition Act.

Important Changes Coming for Next School Year 2022-2023

When schools began closing in March 2020 in response to the Covid 19 pandemic the USDA, which oversees national child nutrition programs, issued program flexibilities to make it easier to serve and access meals during the emergency. Some of the flexibilities included universal free meals, picking up meals for students to eat at home, weekend meals and expanded meal service to all children between the ages of 2-18.

As of March 2022, Congress has declined to provide USDA authorization to extend these flexibilities. Those waivers are set to expire on June 30 meaning that our programs will return to normal or traditional operations when summer school begins. The main change is that school lunch and breakfast will no longer be automatically served at no cost to all students. Students attending Barcroft, Drew, Carlin Springs, Randolph, and Barrett are the exception to this because these schools qualify for community eligibility provision.

If your student is attending summer school at Washington-Liberty, Dorothy Hamm, Escuela Key, Jamestown, or Abingdon, you must have a current application on file by June 30th 2022 in order to receive meal benefits in summer school.

More information will follow as it becomes available. 

New for the 2021-22 School Year:

Although School meals are available at no cost to students this school year, applying for meal benefits is still very important!

By applying for meal benefits families may be eligible for additional resources, including summer school meals.

Applications are available in ParentVUE or at

** Students attending Community Eligibility Provision schools (Barcroft, K.W. Barrett, Carlin Springs, Dr. Charles R. Drew, Randolph) should not complete an application.**

Apply for Free/Reduced meals here:

Online applications are available in English and Spanish. Apply today!



Food and Nutrition Services Quick Facts


In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication,1400 Independence Ave, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call toll free (866)632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800)877-8339; or (800)845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. 2013-2014