Child Nutrition Services

Through excellent customer service, Child Nutrition Services will provide appealing and nutritious meals to support academic achievement and promote lifelong healthy food choices.

The Child Nutrition Services Program, an extension of the educational program of the schools, is operated under the federally funded National School Lunch and Nutrition Act. The federal laws regulating the school food services programs are administered under the United States Department of Agriculture and carried out within the Commonwealth of Virginia by the State Department of Education.

A written agreement is made by the division superintendent with the Virginia State Department of Education for each individual federal lunch program and federal breakfast program. These agreements with the state agency assure all programs are in compliance with the regulations and qualify for the federal cash reimbursements and donated foods. All Newport News Public Schools participate in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program.


Lunch Elementary Middle High
Full Price Lunch $2.45 $2.55 $2.55
Reduced Price Lunch $0.40 $0.40 $0.40

Other Item Prices

A la carte
  • Misc. Entrée (Meats/Pizza / Sandwiches, etc.) - $1.50
  • Vegetables/Fruit, ½ cup - $0.70
  • Vegetables/Fruit, ¼ cup - $0.35
  • Fruit/Fresh, 1 serving - $0.75
  • Juice, 4 oz. (All flavors) - $0.40
  • Milk - $0.40
  • Fruit Juice/Can - $1.00
  • Bottled Water - $1.00
  • Bottled Water - Flavored (High School) - $1.25
  • Fruit Juice/bottles - $1.25
  • Cookies/Jumbo, 1 each (all varieties) - $0.60-$0.75
  • Ice Cream - $0.75
  • Yogurt, 4 oz. - $0.60
  • Popcorn (Elementary/Middle), 1 bag - $0.75
  • Pretzels/Potato Chips (High School), 1 serving - $.75
  • Pickles/Dill, Half - $0.25
  • Pickles/Dill, Whole - $0.50
  • Bear Grahams/Scooby Snacks - $0.75
  • Fruit Snacks - $0.75

All students enrolled at the following 39 schools are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch for free each school day during the school year.

The free meals are offered through the Community Eligibility Provision, which is available for select schools in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program. Student participation in the program is automatic; families do not need to complete an application for free meals.

Eligible schools:

  • An Achievable Dream Academy
  • Carver Elementary
  • Charles Elementary
  • Discovery STEM Academy
  • Dutrow Elementary
  • Epes Elementary
  • Greenwood Elementary
  • Hidenwood Elementary
  • Jenkins Elementary
  • Kiln Creek Elementary
  • Lee Hall Elementary
  • McIntosh Elementary
  • Nelson Elementary
  • Newsome Park Elementary
  • Palmer Elementary
  • Richneck Elementary
  • Riverside Elementary
  • Sanford Elementary
  • Saunders Elementary
  • Sedgefield Elementary
  • Yates Elementary
  • Denbigh Early Childhood Center
  • Lee Hall Early Childhood Center
  • Marshall Early Learning Center
  • Watkins Early Childhood Center
  • Crittenden Middle
  • Dozier Middle
  • Gildersleeve Middle
  • Hines Middle
  • Huntington Middle
  • Passage Middle
  • Achievable Dream Middle & High
  • Denbigh High
  • Heritage High
  • Warwick High
  • Enterprise Academy
  • New Horizons
  • Point Option

The Virginia School Breakfast and Lunch Programs are Federally assisted meal programs, which provide nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to school aged children. The Virginia Department of Education, School Nutrition Programs, administers the program at the state level, which operates the program through agreements with local school districts. Participating schools must serve breakfasts and lunches that meet Federal nutrition standards, and must provide free and reduced-price meals to eligible children. More information at

Household size and income will be used to determine eligibility for free or reduced price meals. Only one application per household needs to be completed.

Choose only one method to apply:

Apply Online
Enter the requested information as accurately as possible, and all data will be instantly and securely sent to your child(ren)'s school district for processing.


Download Free & Reduced Meal Form (pdf)
Form includes detailed instructions.



Newport News Public Schools offers myPaymentsPlus, a state-of-the-art online service that provides you the convenience and information you need to manage your student's meal account. This system speeds up serving lines in the cafeteria, eliminates the need to send checks to school or worry about lost or forgotten lunch money, and ensures that your child will receive a nutritious meal. More information about myPaymentsPlus