2018 Summer Food Program

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    See the list of locations for the Summer Food Program.

    What is the summer food program?

    The Summer Food Service Program for Children is a federally funded program operated nationally by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the USDA regional office. The agency reimburses sponsors (such as schools) for meals served at approved feeding sites in low-income areas to children and teens 18 years old and younger.

    Who can receive meals at summer school sites?

    Anyone in the community 18 years of age and younger is eligible to receive summer meals.

    Is there a charge for meals?

    All meals will be served free of charge, regardless of what a child's meal benefit was during the regular school year.

    How will the children be fed in summer school and kindergarten prep?

    A parent or guardian should accompany children on the first visit to provide permission to receive meals and identify any food allergies. Students come through the cafeteria line and pick up the meal. They may eat in the cafeteria or in the classroom, at the discretion of the principal.

    There is space at each site for community members 18 years old and younger to enjoy their meal. Times of service are posted on each school door.

    The Alexandria Health Department has approved our summer feeding procedures and will be frequently monitoring our feeding operation, as they do throughout the school year.

    Hungry children can't learn.

    School Nutrition Services is committed to helping our students improve their academic performance through good nutrition. We are pleased to feed them all year round.

    Free lunch for children 18 years old or younger at Recreation Centers

    All Alexandria children and teens 18 years old and younger may receive a free lunch and afternoon snack through the Alexandria Recreation Centers. Please check with your local center to participate in their feeding program.

    The Summer Food Program is part of the ACPS 2020 Health and Wellness goal, which promotes efforts to enable students to be healthy and ready to learn so that Every Student Succeeds.

    Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

    To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027) at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992.

    Submit your completed letter to USDA by mail to U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; by fax to 202-690-7442; or by email to program.intake@usda.gov. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


    Locations for 2018 Summer Food Program

    Summer School at ACPS

  •   * Middle School Prep 8/30. Contact school directly for details. 

    ** Mount Vernon Community School Kindergarten Prep takes place during this period. Contact school directly for details. 

  • Kindergarten Prep at ACPS

    K-Prep will take place at these locations 8/14 – 8/17.  Breakfast and lunch will be available at each location at the same times each day.

    Breakfast: 9 – 9:30 a.m.
    Lunch: 12 – 1 p.m.

    • John Adams Elementary School, 5651 Rayburn Ave. | 703-824-6970
    • Charles Barrett Elementary School, 1115 Martha Custis Dr. | 703-746-5551
    • Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology, 3600 Commonwealth Ave. | 703-706-4420
    • Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy, 530 S. St. Asaph St. | 703-706-4430
    • Jefferson-Houston School, 1501 Cameron St. | 703-706-4400
    • Patrick Henry School, 4643 Taney Ave. | 703-461-4170
    • Douglas MacArthur Elementary School, 1101 Janney's La. | 703-746-5575
    • George Mason Elementary School, 2601 Cameron Mills Rd. | 703-706-4470
    • Matthew Maury Elementary School, 600 Russell Rd. | 703-706-4440
    • Mount Vernon Community School, 2601 Commonwealth Ave. | 703-706-4460
    • James K. Polk Elementary School, 5000 Polk Ave. | 703-461-4180
    • William Ramsay Elementary School, 5700 Sanger Ave. | 703-824-6950

    K-Prep for Ferdinand T. Day Elementary School will be located at William Ramsay Elementary School.

  • City Sites and Recreation Centers

    Meal times are the same at all locations:

    Breakfast: 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
    Lunch: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
    Afternoon Snack: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. 

    Please contact sites directly to confirm times. There will be no programs on July 4.

    Locations, dates and times are subject to change.

    *When ACPS Summer School or Kindergarten Prep is in session, meals are served in the cafeteria.