The mission of Department of Food and Nutrition is to Fuel Students for Success by providing high quality, nutritious meals to students.

Facts for Families

10/27/20 UPDATE:

In a continual effort to enhance our current meal distribution program for our students and families of Roanoke City Public Schools, please review the following meal service updates and enhancements below:

1. All RCPS meal delivery by bus will end Thursday, October 29th, 2020.

2. Parents or guardians can pick-up meals Tuesday, November 3rd from 11:30am to 12:30pm or from 5pm to 6:30pm at Patrick Henry and William Fleming High Schools. You will receive enough meals to last through Friday November, 6th .

Families will need to identify if their student is virtual, hybrid or onsite when they come to the grab and go locations to pick-up meals.

3. Grab and go will be offered with expanded service sites as listed below:

Starting Friday, November 6th from 9am to 2pm at:
• Fairview
• Fallon Park
• Garden City
• Hurt Park
• Lincoln Terrace
• Roanoke Academy
• Round Hi
• Westside

Starting Friday, November 6th from 9am to 6pm at:
• Patrick Henry High School
• William Fleming High School

Please note that effective Friday, November 6th both snack and dinner will be added to the existing meal service distribution through the following:
• Virtual students will receive 7 days of breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinners. 
• Hybrid students will receive 5 days of breakfast and lunch plus 7 days of snacks and dinners.
• 4-day on site students will receive 3 days of breakfast and lunch plus 7 days of snacks and dinners.

Thank you for your continued support, Your Food & Nutrition Service Team

Pandemic-EBT issued by the Virginia Department of Social Services:

UPDATE 10/19/20
Most households will receive remote PEBT on the same account used for original PEBT and will not receive a new card.  Households that are newly eligible for PEBT are receiving new PEBT cards via US mail.  The new cards are being issued on a rolling basis.  The new target date for all households to receive the cards is November 13, 2020.

For help with PEBT visit the PEBT web portal.
Call 1-866-281-2448, logon to, or download the ConnectEBT app on a mobile device.

UPDATE 9/25/20
The State is extending the Pandemic EBT Program. Students who are enrolled in a CEP school and learning virtually for at least 5 consecutive days are eligible. The Department of Social Services (DSS) has asked us to share the following information about the program:

Benefits will be issued between September 30 and October 15, 2020

The cards can be used to purchase food items anywhere SNAP or EBT cards are accepted

If you received a P-EBT benefit this past spring or summer, the new benefit will be automatically added to your card

Contacts for replacement cards: Call 1-866-281-2448, logon to, or download the ConnectEBT app on a mobile device.  

If your child is new to Roanoke City Public Schools or attends Crystal Spring and Grandin Court Elementary School, your cards will be mailed to you. Crystal Spring and Grandin Court became CEP schools in August

If you have additional questions, please click here

Meal Distribution:

The USDA no longer requires enrollment to receive meals for students.  Anyone 18 and under can get a free meal from Roanoke City Public Schools.

Under USDA guidelines, parents/guardians will need to provide names if their children are not present.  
Beginning Tuesday, September 22nd meal pick-up will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Pick-Up Onsite Option:

  • Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Time: 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
  • Sites: Fallon, Round Hill, Patrick Henry, and William Fleming
  • 2 breakfast meals and 2 lunch meals will be available on Tuesdays.
  • 3 breakfast meals and 3 lunch meals will be available on Thursdays.

Pick-Up Onsite Option: Evening Hours

  • Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Time: 5:00 PM-6:30 PM
  • Sites: Patrick Henry and William Fleming
  • 2 breakfast meals and 2 lunch meals will be available on Tuesdays.
  • 3 breakfast meals and 3 lunch meals will be available on Thursdays.

Pick-Up at Bus Stop:

  • Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Time: 10:30 AM-12 noon
  • 2 breakfast meals and 2 lunch meals will be available on Tuesdays.
  • 3 breakfast meals and 3 lunch meals will be available on Thursdays.

Click on the Meal Distribution link to the left to view bus route information. Please feel free to contact Durham School Services at (540) 970-3000 for assistance identifying the bus route closest to you. 

Please call the Department of Food and Nutrition for assistance with the process at (540) 853-2863.

Update September 14, 2020

Additional nutrition resources can be found at the link below: 



Roanoke City Public Schools is a proud partner with SodexoMAGIC to provide nutritious meals for students.  Please visit here for more information and employment opportunities.  Follow them on Twitter @StarCityCafes.

Where can I find Nutrition Information?             

SodexoMAGIC uses So Happy...the app that tells you what's on the menu today in your school's cafeteria.  Check out the menu items-including calories, nutritional information, and allergens.

SO HAPPY is available as a free download on the app store and Google play.

What is the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)?

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.


What if I have more questions?

Please call Food and Nutrition at 853-2863.

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 


Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.


To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter 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;


(2)      fax: (202) 690-7442; or


(3)      email:


40 Douglass Avenue NW, Roanoke, VA24012 Phone 540-853-2502