Roanoke City Public Schools aims to provide high quality, nutritious meals to students through our food services partner, Southwest Foodservice Excellence.
Download SFE's Nutrislice menu app:
Summer Meals Program
Roanoke City Public Schools offers free summer meals to children ages 18 years or younger through the USDA's Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Meals will be provided on-site on a first-come, first-served basis at school locations beginning June 12 through August 11.
2023-24 School Year
All RCPS students will receive free breakfast and lunch during the 2023-24 School Year. Interested in purchasing additional a la carte items? Pay by using SchoolCafe.
The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a provision from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 that allows school and local educational agencies (LEAs) with high poverty rates to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students. CEP eliminates the burden of collecting household applications to determine eligibility for school meals, relying instead on information from other means-tested programs such as the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. All RCPS schools participate in the Community Eligibility Provision.
School Cafe is used to pay for a la carte items
Families will need to register for a new account with School Cafe. To create a new account, click the above link, select "Virginia" and type in "Roanoke City Public Schools." Continue to the next page and click "Create a New Account." Follow the instructions to complete account setup.
Once you create your account, you will be able to add your student. Please have your student's last name, school, and ID number ready to connect them to your account.
Account balances in MySchoolBucks, the previous system used for meal purchases, have been transferred to School Cafe.
At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program
Roanoke City Public Schools serve meals at no charge to children 18 and under through the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program. The same meals are available at no separate charge to all participants at each site.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
SNAP provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budget of families so they can purchase healthy food. Download the Virginia Department of Social Services' information sheet about SNAP to learn more.