School meals free only to qualifying schools and students in 2022-23 school year
Posted on 08/02/2022
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A federal waiver that made school meals free to all students regardless of their family’s income ended June 30. This upcoming school year, only students who qualify for free and reduced meals or attend a school that falls under the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), will receive free meals (see the list below).

This year, students whose families qualify for reduced-price meals will also receive free meals, based on a Virginia General Assembly expansion of the program. Applications will be available in August.

Prices for PWCS-paid meals will be shared when they become available. MySchoolBucks, the same application used prior to COVID for student meal accounts, will be available in August to add funds to paid accounts.

Schools Serving Meals Free to All Students:

High Schools
• Gar-Field High
• Freedom High
• Unity Reed High

Nontraditional Schools
• Independence Nontraditional
• PACE West

Middle Schools
• Beville Middle
• Fred M. Lynn Middle
• Graham Park Middle
• Hampton Middle
• Unity Braxton Middle

Elementary Schools
• Bel Air Elementary
• Belmont Elementary
• Dale City Elementary
• Dumfries Elementary
• Ellis Elementary
• Enterprise Elementary
• Featherstone Elementary
• Fitzgerald Elementary
• John D. Jenkins Elementary
• Kerrydale Elementary
• Kilby Elementary
• King Elementary
• Loch Lomond Elementary
• Marumsco Hills Elementary
• Minnieville Elementary
• Mullen Elementary
• Neabsco Elementary
• Occoquan Elementary
• Potomac View Elementary
• River Oaks Elementary
• Sinclair Elementary
• Sudley Elementary
• Swans Creek Elementary
• Triangle Elementary
• Vaughan Elementary
• West Gate Elementary
• Yorkshire Elementary

If you have questions regarding the free and reduced meal application process, contact the PWCS Food and Nutrition Department at 703-791-7314.  Visit the PWCS Food and Nutrition website for more information.