Free and Reduced Price Meals

Fruits and Vegatables
  • Meal Applications

     Alexandria City Public Schools will continue to serve meals at no charge to all ACPS students and children over the age of two until June 30th, 2021.

    We encourage ACPS families to submit an application for free and reduced-price meals for their child(ren) in order to benefit from the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) program, the purpose of the P-EBT benefit is to supplement existing nutrition programs for low-income households during the COVID-19 pandemic. P-EBT benefits are calculated at the rate of $5.86 per day per child for each day schools will be operating under a 100% virtual or hybrid model. please visit us here for more information about the P-EBT. 

     Application forms are sent to all students' homes, available in the school's main office, or can be downloaded from our website using the links below. For the fastest results, we encourage applying online.

    Parents who believe their children may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals should complete the forms and return them to their children's schools. Only complete one application per family. The information you give will be used to determine or prove your child's eligibility for free or reduced-priced meals. This information may also be used for other state or federally funded school benefits such as the waiving of test fees, college applications, and sports fees. A new application is required every school year. 

    The previous school year's meal benefits will expire on:

    • June 24, 2021 for ALL ACPS schools.

    Factors considered in the application process

    • HOUSEHOLD SIZE is considered all persons, related or unrelated: Including parents, children, grandparents who live in your home and share living expenses.
    • TOTAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME is the income each household member received last month before taxes - this includes wages, social security, pension, unemployment, welfare, child support, alimony, and any other cash income.

    Foster Children

    • Foster children are categorically eligible for free meal benefits. An application is not needed yet there does need to be documentation of status by a state or local entity familiar with the child's status. Foster children may be included in the household application as part of the household size.


    Resources are available for Spanish, Arabic and Amharic speakers. Please Contact School Nutrition Services at 703-619-8048 for available times.

    Additional copies of the Free & Reduced Price Meal Benefits Status Letter are available via your student's SchoolCafe account online.



    For questions regarding Free & Reduced Price Meal Applications and Status Inquiries, please contact Sonya Grant, Administrative Specialist, at or 703-619-8407.