Food and Nutrition Program Information
Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) is committed to serving the whole child—we offer numerous programs to support student academic achievement and overall health. While some of the programs like Breakfast in the Classroom, Super Snack and the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program are unique to certain schools; programs like the Real Food for Kids™ Salad Bar and Summer F.E.E.D.S (Food for Every Child to Eat During Summer) are available to students throughout the county.
Breakfast in the Classroom
Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) is an ideal service model for eligible schools because all students are offered breakfast each day at no-cost. Students are ensured adequate time to consume breakfast in the comfort of their classroom, among their peers and teacher.
The Super Snack Program, funded under the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) At-Risk Afterschool Meals, is a nutritious and wholesome snack served at area eligible schools hosting enrichment programs across FCPS.
Real Food for Kids Salad Bar
By 2021, every elementary student in Fairfax County will be able to enjoy the Real Food for Kids™ Salad Bar as part of their school lunch! The salad bars feature a variety of seasonal fresh fruit and vegetable options that allow students to build a healthy lunch from a rainbow of choices!
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) is a federal grant program that introduces students to a wide variety of fruits and vegetables during the school year. Students receive a tasting-size serving of a fruit or vegetable in their classroom three times per week, along with a nutrition education highlight. FFVP is available to qualifying, VDOE-selected elementary schools; FNS communicates the specific program information each summer to the schools that are eligible for the coming school year. FNS has developed relationships with local growers in Virginia and the wider mid-Atlantic region to create a true Farm to School program with FFVP.
Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) meal program
The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) meal program is a USDA program where at qualifying schools all students automatically receive no-cost breakfast and lunch every day of the school year, even if the student would not qualify for free meals.
- Meal service is the same at CEP schools and non-CEP schools; a la carte items are still offered, but are not free. Examples of a la carte items are popcorn, cookies, water, and extra purchases of items which are part of the meal.
- Parents and guardians of students attending CEP schools are still encouraged to submit a free and reduced-price meal application by October 10 in order to qualify the student(s) for additional benefits. The FCPS Consent to Share Information for Other Programs form will continue to be utilized and is included in the free and reduced-price meal application process.
- Any previous cafeteria account balances you may have had from last school year, either positive or negative, have been carried over to this year. In addition, since students must still pay for a la carte items, you will continue to receive notices by email from Food Services when your student’s meal account balance is low.
- If you have a child at another school that is not participating in the CEP program and wish for them to be eligible for the free and reduced-price meal benefit, you must still submit an application in order to be approved.
- Students transferring from a school participating in CEP to another school within FCPS that is not participating in CEP will need to submit an application for the free and reduced-price meal benefits to Food and Nutrition Services unless the student is eligible for free meals through direct certification.
- Free and reduced-price meal applications may be completed online at MySchoolApps, or by submitting a handwritten, paper application. Paper applications must be the original red print forms, which are available at school offices and cafeterias. Copied application forms cannot be accepted.
Food and Nutrition Services will continue to strengthen our programs in order to grow and nourish the culture of wellness in Fairfax County. All students should have access to fresh, wholesome food that compliments the unparalleled education provided by FCPS.
For more information, please contact the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703.813.4800.