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Nutrition and Meals

Photo of two elementary school girls making salads from three bowls of different greens.

About School Meals

The Office of Food and Nutrition Services (OFNS) supports student health and achievement by ensuring that all DCPS students receive nutritious meals and acquire the resources to make healthy choices. We believe in providing appetizing school meals made from fresh, locally produced ingredients, and we strive to engage the entire DC community in implementing programs that encourage healthy decision-making and promote sustainable practices.

What's New

Our Vision for School Food

The DCPS Office of Food and Nutrition Services believes in serving students whole, primarily unprocessed, high-quality, natural foods which are prepared and presented in an appetizing manner.

We believe it is important to cultivate a natural palate at an early age.

We believe in the value of eating seasonally and in purchasing food from local growers to ensure peak freshness and to support the local economy.

  • At minimum, 20 percent of all produce or food products used in school meals must be grown or processed in the Mid Atlantic region.

We believe that eating is critical to academic success and that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

  • Breakfast in the Classroom or Grab and Go alternative breakfast is available in 94 of 111 schools.
  • After school meals are available at 95 of 111 schools.

We believe that all students should have access to school meals and should be given food choice.

  • Salad bars are available in 32 schools.
  • Vegetarian meals are available in all schools daily.

We believe that nutrition education and adult role modeling are fundamental to school food change.

We believe that school garden programs, after school cooking classes, and culinary education courses create lifelong good habits.

We believe everyone deserves to be heard. Please submit feedback, comments or questions to the Office of Food and Nutrition Services.

Update on New Food Contract for School Year 2016-2017

DCPS is moving forward with developing a new food service contract for school year 2016-2017. Check out the letter linked to below for an update on the new requirements that will be added to the contract as a result of the feedback we have heard from students, families and the community.