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.

    Parents

    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.

    CONSENT TO SHARE INFORMATION FOR BENEFITS FOR OTHER PROGRAMS

     

    For questions regarding Free & Reduced Price Meal Applications and Status Inquiries, please contact Sonya Grant, Administrative Specialist, at sonya.grant@acps.k12.va.us or 703-619-8407.

  • Frequently asked questions


  • Non-Discrimination Statement: In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.Justice for All Graphic

    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

    To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:  http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

    (1)   mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

    (2)   fax: (202) 690-7442; or

    (3)  email: program.intake@usda.gov.

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.