• Knox County Schools Nutrition

Our Mission

  • Pursuing excellence in student nutrition, one bite at a time.

East Tennessee Foundation

  • We are so grateful for continued support of our program by community organizations. Thank you to the East TN Foundation (www.easttennesseefoundation.org) for their monetary contribution to support our emergency meal distribution during the COVID-19 school closure. Their assistance through the Neighbor to Neighbor Disaster Relief Fund is greatly appreciated!

Online Meal Prepayments

  • Knox County Schools Nutrition Department accepts online payments through K12paymentcenter.com.

    K12PaymentCenter assesses convenience fees based upon the dollar amount of the meal payment. A flat convenience fee of $1.95 is added to transactions up to $100. A convenience fee of 2.99% of the total payment is added to transactions above $100.

    Please note: Knox County Schools Nutrition Department does NOT receive any portion of the convenience fee.


Meal Charge Administrative Procedure

Meal Prices



    Breakfast, Reduced $0.30 Breakfast $2.00
    Breakfast, Paid $1.75 Lunch $3.25
    Lunch, Reduced $0.40


    Lunch, Paid ES $2.50 Breakfast $2.25
    Lunch, Paid MS/HS $2.75 Lunch $3.75

Community Eligibility Program

  • Select Knox County schools will be taking part in the Community Eligibility Program during the 20-21 school year. What this means is that students attending a participating school will be offered both breakfast and lunch meals at no charge, regardless of eligibility status. See a complete listing of schools.

Free & Reduced Applications

  • We are slowly moving away from paper applications for Free & Reduced. We will offer a limited number of paper applications in order to offer more efficient and speedier application processing. To apply, go to lunchapplication.com.

    • A letter with more information will be sent to you. If you have not received a letter, please contact your student's school office for one.
    • If your student attends a school participating in the Community Eligibility Program, you will NOT have to fill out a traditional Free & Reduced application as you have in prior years. If you have a student attending a non-participating school, you will need to complete a Free & Reduced application.
  • Free & Reduced
    Lunch Application

Contact Us

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    Brett Foster

    Executive Director
    Andrew Johnson Building
    Suite 308 
    (865) 594-3640 Office
    (865) 594-1203 Fax

    Rita Teffeteller

    Senior Field Coordinator
    Andrew Johnson Building
    Suite 303
    (865) 594-2976 Office 
    (865) 594-1203 Fax

    Kristin Finck

    Senior Field Coordinator
    Andrew Johnson Building
    Suite 303 
    (865) 594-1435 Office
    (865) 594-1203 Fax