FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions for Families about the 2020-2021 School Year.

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How much do meals cost?

Meals will be free for all DC youth ages 18 and younger through December 31, 2020.

The following meal prices will be in place starting January 1, 2021 for students enrolled at non-CEP schools. Students enrolled at CEP schools, and those who have been approved for Free and Reduced Meals (FARM) will continue to receive free breakfast and lunch.

  • Breakfast: Free
  • Lunch: $3.00

For students enrolled at non-CEP schools, Free and Reduced Meal (FARM) applications must be completed every school year to determine your student’s eligibility for FARM benefits. Families that believe they may qualify for FARM benefits are still encouraged to apply online now at https://www.myschoolapps.com/Application, in person at a meal pick-up site, or at their local school to prevent any disruption in meal service and qualification for any additional benefits.

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What do meals consist of?

Breakfast and lunch meals will meet the USDA Child Nutrition meal pattern requirements based on each program. Meals consist of an entrée, fruit serving and/or vegetable serving, and a milk. If a student requires dietary accommodations, please contact DCPS Food & Nutrition Services at dietary.forms@k12.dc.gov, or request the dietary accommodations form from staff at any open meal site.

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How do youth ages 18 and younger get meals?

DC youth ages 18 and younger may receive up to three breakfast and lunch meals daily at one of the 47 school locations. Parents/guardians are welcome to pick up a meal packs on behalf of youth. To ensure the safety of other meal site attendees and staff please follow guidelines outlined by the Mayor’s Office and DC Health regarding coronavirus when visiting meal site locations.

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Who is eligible to receive meals through a DCPS Meal Site?

Any DC youth, ages 18 nd under can receive free breakfast and lunch meals at DCPS meal sites through December 31, 2020.

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