• Knox County Schools Nutrition

Our Mission

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


  • 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.

Refund Request

  • 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 kimberly.vomfell@knoxschools.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.


Meal Charge Administrative Procedure

Meal Prices

  • 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.
  • Free & Reduced
    Lunch Application

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