Pursuing excellence in student nutrition, one bite at a time.
TEMPORARY FREE MEALS
Thanks to a flexibility provided by USDA, ALL students are eligible to receive both breakfast and lunch at no cost through the 2021-2022 school year. Students who normally pay reduced or full-pay prices will not be charged for breakfast or lunch. This includes one breakfast and one lunch per student per day. A la carte items and extra portions are not included; however, those items can still be purchased with cash or funds on a student’s account. Even though meals are at no cost this school year, we are still encouraging families to apply for free-reduced benefits, if applicable, because applications may impact how much funding a school receives and determine eligibility for other programs that help support students.
If your student's account has a positive balance and you wish to receive a refund, please submit your request in writing by emailing Kim Vomfell at firstname.lastname@example.org. In your written request, please include your student's name, school, and student ID. Please also include a current mailing address for where to send the refund check. As a reminder, positive balances will roll over to the next school year should you choose to leave the balance on the account for purchases next school year.
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.
Our typical meal pricing structure is listed below; however, for the 21-22 school year, breakfast and lunch meals will be available to ALL STUDENTS at no charge. We look forward to serving you in the cafeteria!
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 21-22 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.
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