Food Services


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 D.C. community in implementing programs that encourage healthy decision-making and promote sustainable practices.

What's New

  • The 2013-14 Free and Reduced Meal Application is available. Please visit the Application for Free and Reduced Meals page to download an application and for a list of DCPS Community Eligibility Option (CEO) schools.
  • Our meal prices and charge policy have changed. Visit the Meal Prices and Payment page for more information.
  • Are you a DCPS volunteer, parent, teacher, administrator looking to have breakfast or lunch in a school? Visit the Adult Meal Registration Form to get a meal account today.

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% 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 119 schools.
  • After school supper is available at 93 out of 119 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 contact us at food.dcps@dc.gov with questions, feedback and comments.

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