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Providing Free Breakfast and Lunch for ALL CHILDREN

Even though school has ended, we are here for you.  Get free meals through the summer.

Students with disabilities over the age of 18 are eligible for the meal program.

Filling a need to supply free meals 

Over 1,121,000 free meals served since March 13

The community response to the feeding program for students that rely on Loudoun County Public Schools for meal support has been tremendous. School Nutrition Services and the entire LCPS family is proud to be a part of this effort. 

For delivery:  Please visit the interactive map to identify the nearest bus stop for mobile service or visit the Transportation page for details on buses and routes.  Another option is using the app Here Comes the Bus to easily get alerts when your bus approaches.   Signing up is easy.

The list of schools for pickup is below.

Pick-up meal service from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Briar Woods High School Independence High School Rolling Ridge Elementary
Broad Run High School Leesburg Elementary Round Hill Elementary
John Champe High School Loudoun County High School Sterling Elementary
Dominion High School Loudoun Valley High School Sterling Middle School
Frederick Douglass Elementary Lovettsville Elementary Stone Bridge High School
Freedom High School Park View High School Sugarland Elementary
Guilford Elementary Potomac Falls High School Sully Elementary
Harper Park Middle School Riverside High School Tuscarora High School
Heritage High School Rock Ridge High School Woodgrove High School
Hutchison Farm Elementary    

Please remember to practice “social distancing” at all times while picking up meals. LCPS Nutrition Services staff is encouraged to place the meals in a visible location so they can be picked up without having to take it from their hands.

Preparing Bagged Meals Handing out meals Sign welcoming for free meals preparing meals for pickup Children Getting Emergency Meals

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Lunch Applications
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What a child can expect when they go through the cafeteria line for lunch.

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Smart Snacks In School

USDA Dietary Guidelines

LCPS school lunches already meet the recommendations.

Web Menus Mobile App

Click on the Meal Application button below to learn more. 

Online Payments: MySchoolBucks

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Farm To School Ingredient List Special Meal Accommodations
Join Our Team School Nutrition News Nutrition Education
Unpaid Meal Debt Dietetic Internship Opportunities

SNS Fequently Asked Questions

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A la Carte Prices

 

 

Mission Statement 

School Nutrition Services supports the LCPS education mission by providing nourishment to all students while teaching them to make life long healthy choices.

The School Nutrition Program does not receive General Fund Support; the program operates by balancing our budget through meal sales, a la carte sale and State/Federal reimbursement.

Who We Are

Each of our 92 school kitchens is operated by highly-trained staff, with food safety and customer service as highest priorities. These team members (often parents of district students themselves), receive and prepare food, cashier, serve meals, and keep the kitchen clean.

The central office, located in Ashburn, is occupied by friendly office personnel to answer all of your questions, accept payments, and process free/reduced meal applications. School Nutrition operations at the central office are run by our Director, Beth Mills, and team of 17 knowledgeable school nutrition professionals with expertise in all aspects of childhood nutrition programs. You can visit the Contact Us tab to learn more about our central office and school-based teams.

What We Do

At Loudoun County School Nutrition Services, our team works together to develop nutritious and appetizing meals for our students, often incorporating ideas gathered from students and parents.

Our menus are freshly prepared each day using the best ingredients including low-fat proteins, whole grain pastas, fresh fruits and vegetables, ABF chicken and hormone-free milk. The menus are analyzed, and recipes adjusted to ensure they meet USDA nutrition guidelines for each age group for calories, sodium, and saturated fat.

Self-Serve Garden Bars are available daily at all school levels. Students can take unlimited servings of fresh fruit and vegetables with their lunch at all sites for no additional cost. A vegetarian entree, in addition to our chef salad options, is also on the menu each day. Choice and variety are important to students, so our menu is planned to provide options. Each day there are a minimum of two entree options at the elementary level, 5-6 entree options available at the middle school level and high school levels.

Feeding our students for success at school and working alongside parents to develop mindful eating habits is a team effort. We welcome your feedback as we work to nurture healthy and successful Loudoun County students!

Offer versus Serve

A lunch is made up of 5 basic food components: milk, meat or meat alternate, vegetable, fruit, and grain. Students must select at least 3 of these components for a complete meal (1 of which must be a vegetable or fruit). A breakfast is made up of 4 food items: milk, fruit/vegetable, 2 grains (or 1 grain and 1 meat/meat alternate). Students must select 3 of these items for a complete meal (1 of which must be a vegetable or fruit).

Meals, foods and beverages sold or served at schools meet state and federal requirements which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. We provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.

Program Statistics

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Overall

Official Free/Reduced % by School October 31, 2019

Historical Free/Reduced % by School 2012-2019

18%

Free Breakfasts Served (walkup/delivery) 3/13/20 - 7/9/20

Breakfast Meals Served 8/22/19 - 3/12/20 (first 118 days)

Breakfast Meals Served 8/23/18 - 6/7/19

Breakfast Meals Served 8/24/17 - 6/13/18 

552,253

851,867  Increase 14.4%

1,132,937  Increase 3.2%

1,094,726  Increase 9.2%

Average Daily Breakfasts Served 8/22/19 - 3/12/20

Average Daily Breakfasts Served 8/23/18 - 6/7/19

Average Daily Breakfasts Served 8/24/17 - 6/13/18

7,219

6,347

6,364

Free Lunches Served (walkup/delivery) 3/13/20 - 7/9/20

Lunch Meals Served 8/22/19 - 3/12/20 (first 118 days)

Lunch Meals Served 8/23/18 - 6/7/19

Lunch Meals Served 8/24/17 - 6/13/18

568,756

3,678,892 Increase 6.5%

5,089,502 Increase 6.4%

4,781,999 Increase 1.2%

Average Daily Lunches Served 8/22/19 - 3/12/20

Average Daily Lunches Served 8/23/18 - 6/7/19

Average Daily Lunches Served 8/24/17 - 6/13/18

31,177

29,419

27,802

After School Fuel Meals Served 8/22/19 to 3/12/20

After School Fuel Meals Served 8/23/18 to 6/6/19

21,617

31,875

After School Healthy Snacks for 2019-2020 389,872
Meals per Labor Hour Mar 2020 20.8
Documented Training Hours for SNS Staff July-Jun 2019-2020 5,162
Average Training Hours per Employee July-Jun 2019-2029 12.23

Summer 2019 Breakfasts Served

Summer 2018 Breakfasts Served

12,220 Decrease 37.5%

19,551 Increase 36.0%

Summer 2019 Lunches Served

Summer 2018 Lunches Served

24,078 Decrease 18.6%

29,605 Increase 35.0%

 

History of School Meals

The production and service of nutritious, high quality, economical meals that are acceptable and enjoyable to student customers are as much the core function of school nutrition operations today as they were in 1946 when President Harry S. Truman signed the National School Lunch Act and said, “Nothing is more important in our nation’s life than the welfare of our children, and proper nourishment comes first in attaining this welfare.”

Satisfying student customer needs and wants and meeting USDA nutritional guidelines while maintaining a fiscally sound program is the goal and responsibility of school nutrition program. 



 
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