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Empowering Excellence – Through Nutrition, Wellness and Performance

The School Nutrition Service team for Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) is represented by a staff of over 115 well-trained, dedicated women and men. We provide high-quality, nutritionally balanced and affordable meals to more than 16,000 students daily across our district.

Our services include Lunch and Breakfast programs at all school locations, several After School Snack programs and Supper programs in select schools. The School Nutrition Service Team also supports several summer feeding programs throughout the City of Alexandria.

Free & Reduced Price Meals Application

Free Grab and Go Meals

Grab and Go breakfast and lunch meals are available at no cost for for all ACPS students and children over the age of two, Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m. at the following locations:

  • William Ramsay Elementary School
    5700 Sanger Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22311
  • Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology
    3600 Commonwealth Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22305
  • Patrick Henry K-8 School
    4643 Taney Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304
  • Alexandria High School
    3330 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22304

And available on Mondays, and Wednesdays at our Pop-Up sites located at:

  • Corner of Florence Drive and Four Mile Road, Alexandria, VA 22305
    11:20 to 11:45 a.m.
  • 5021 Seminary Road (The Graham at Southern Towers), Alexandria, VA 22311
    from 10:45 to 11:10 am 

No sign up or registration is required to receive meals. 

Dates of Operation

Monday, July 25 through August 12, 2022.

Download the free mobile app or visit schoolcafe.com/alexandriacps to create or manage your account. It's fast and easy!

School Nutrition Service

Beginning of the School Year Need to know

  1. All negative student meal balances have been wiped clean and their accounts have returned to $0.00.
  2. All meal services will return to pre-pandemic operations.  Students who are not attending a CEP school or who do not qualify for FARM will be charged for breakfast and lunch meals.
    1. 2022–23 school year price increases
      1. Breakfast K-12 $2.00
      2. Lunch Grades 6-12 $3.25
      3. Lunch Grades K-5 $3.05
      4. Adult Meals $4.00
  3. There is a 30-day grace period for completing FARM application forms for students who qualified for FARM in SY 22 or attended a CEP school SY 22. The cutoff date for SY 23 is as follows:
    1. Modified Calendar: September 8, 2022
    2. Traditional Calendar: October 6, 2022

Supply Chain Issues

Nationwide supply chain issues due to both raw product and labor shortages will require us to alter menus with little or no notice. We will make menu substitutions based on the products we are able to receive. Menu changes will vary by school based on product availability.

Non-Discrimination Statement: In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted 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; or
  2. fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email: Program.Intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Contact Information

Cynthia Hormel, MM, RDN, SNS
Director
703-619-8048
food@acps.k12.va.us

Sara Bennett, MS, RDN, SNS
Assistant Director
sara.bennett@acps.k12.va.us

Gina Green, RDN, MBA, MAEDT
Nutrition Coordinator

Jonathan Gladney, MBA
Financial Analyst

Sonya Grant 
Admin Specialist (Free & Reduced)

Annika Tolson 
Finance Tech (Refunds)

Haytham Abdulhamid, MS
Software Specialist

Jason Tepper
Executive Chef

Joshua Rivera
Field Operations Supervisor

Jennifer Sondheimer
Field Operations Supervisor

 

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