Nutrition and Food Services

  • Will meals be provided for students at school? 

    Yes, our goal is to ensure that all students have access to meals during the school day.  


    Do we need to pay for lunch or breakfast? 

    No. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided free for all ACPS students for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.


    Where will meals be served?

    • Breakfast: All students in grades preK-12 will have access to “Grab and Go” breakfast meal bags at the point of entry into the building each morning. Students will pick up their meals and take them to their classrooms.


    • Lunch: Grades preK-9 will receive meals delivered to their classroom daily. The monitor/teacher will provide a meal count at the beginning of the class period that lunch will occur.  ACPS Nutrition Services will provide a menu and meal selection identification form to capture daily meal counts. This form will include both lunch and snack selections. Once the meal counts have been finalized, the form will be placed outside the classroom for Nutrition Services staff. The Nutrition Services staff member will review the meal count sheet and provide the meals.


    • Lunch at T.C. Williams King Street Campus: Lunch meals will arrive on carts staged at predetermined access points throughout the building. Students will pick up meals directly from the meal carts, as assigned.


    • Snacks: The snack meal will be delivered with the lunches each day. The snack is a shelf-stable meal that can be consumed at any time during the day or after school.


    Can students bring their own lunch?

    Students are allowed to bring meals from home. It is important that meals from outside do not get commingled with meals prepared by ACPS Nutrition Services. Therefore, each classroom will need to designate a safe location for the outside meals.


    Where can school meal menus be found?   

    Menus will be available on the ACPS School Nutrition webpage. Also, paper menus will be sent to the buildings for further distribution. If you need additional assistance, you can contact Sonya Grant in Nutrition Services at or 703-619-8407.


    Will food be available for pick up for those students who remain working in a virtual environment? If so, where do they go to pick up food?

    Yes, ACPS will continue to offer food distribution at select schools. Learn more on the ACPS Food Access webpage


    What if my student has a food allergy?

    ACPS Nutrition Services will work closely with the division’s school nurses to identify students returning in hybrid school, so that an appropriate meal accommodation can be made based on their documented medical allergens. Building cafeteria managers will have a list of all students with identified allergens. In addition, there will be signage available at the meal distribution point to remind students to notify the cafeteria attendant if a meal substitution is needed.