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Food & Nutrition

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

Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) supports student health and achievement by ensuring that all DCPS students receive nutritious meals that support academic success. 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. DCPS participates in the following Child Nutrition Programs through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA): National School Lunch Program, National School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, and the Summer Food Service Program.

Virtual Learning Meal Service 

For school year 2020-2021, while the virtual and/or hybrid learning model is in place, select school sites will be serving free breakfast and lunch meals for pick up to DCPS students. You can view the most up to date list of open meal sites, along with the menus here. Parents/guardians may pick up meals on behalf of their DCPS student(s). Students or their parent/guardian should be prepared to provide the student name, school name and student ID number at the meal site. Additional food resources can be found here.

If your student requires dietary accommodation for medical, food allergy, or philosophical reasons, please be sure to complete a dietary accommodation form. More information on accommodations can be found here.

Though all meals will be served free of charge, we encourage families with children who do not attend a CEP school to complete the Free and Reduced Meal (FARM) application. This will allow students to be prepared to continue recieving meals once standard meal service operations resume. More information can be found here. Paper applications can be picked up and submitted at any open DCPS meal site. 

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

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

District of Columbia Human Rights Act

DCPS Food and Nutrition Services Contact Information

For more information contact Robert Jaber at [email protected]