Food & Nutrition Services: Meals for Students

  • The federal waiver and funding that allowed us to provide free meals for all students is ending on the last day of school. After Friday, May 27, NKC Schools will no longer be able to offer free meals for all.

    Beginning in June, students not participating in the free and reduced program will be required to begin paying for meals again. Students already approved for free and reduced meals for 2021-22 will be automatically approved for free meals in summer school and into the first 30 days of next school year, 2022-23. A new application must be completed each year. Those who have not yet applied are encouraged to do so.

    If you believe that you might qualify for free or reduced meals, fill out an application online as soon as possible:

    • Families should complete the 2021-2022 application for the upcoming summer school session. This application is available now here:
    • Families should also complete the 2022-2023 application for the upcoming school year that begins in the fall. This application will be available beginning July 1.
    • More information and help for the application process is available here.


    Through a program unrelated to the waivers, the following sites will serve free meals for all during June summer school only: Antioch, Briarcliff, Clardy, Crestview, Eastgate, Gashland, Gracemor, Lakewood, Maple Park, Meadowbrook, North Kansas City HS, Oak Park, Topping, West Englewood, Winnetonka and Winnwood.

    Meal prices for all other June 2022 summer school sites are set at the following rates:



    Elementary: $2.80
    Secondary: $3.05
    Employees & Visitors: $3.95
    Milk: $0.55


    Elementary: $1.45
    Secondary: $1.50
    Employees & Visitors: $2.20


    The free and reduced meals program offers many benefits beyond nutrition for participating families, including fee waivers, activity scholarships and school supplies. We encourage all families to take advantage of this option if eligible.

Current Food Supply Challenges

  • North Kansas City Schools, along with school districts across the country, is facing challenges in sourcing food for school meals. The district's largest vendors have dropped us as a customer. NKC Schools’ commitment to serve healthy, delicious meals has not changed. Even with our offers of support, vendors are unable to meet our needs as we seek to serve 16,000 meals each day. This may impact your student's meal service. See our September 15 communication to families for further details.

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