Food Services Updates

Food Services as of 03/15/2021
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved waivers for local school divisions to implement the Summer Food Service Program to provide meals to children in the community free of charge during the current school year. These waivers have recently been extended through the end of summer 2021 and support access to nutritious meals while minimizing exposure to COVID-19.

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) will continue to serve meals at no charge to all families at VBCPS schools. Meals are available to children 18 and under, including those learning in-person or virtually.

We will offer both a breakfast and lunch bagged meal to all students. To maintain the safety guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Virginia Department of Health (VDH), meals for virtual students will be provided using the drive by/pickup model. This will work as it has since school commenced after Labor Day, with bagged meals provided Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., with the Friday bag containing meals for Saturday and Sunday. During face-to-face instruction, Saturday and Sunday meals are only accessible via the drive by/pickup model. Beginning December 1, 2020, supper meals were added, so students now receive three (3) meals daily. If a different pickup time is needed, please contact the cafeteria manager at your child’s school to make other arrangements.

Option 1 students learning via face-to-face instruction will continue to be offered meals at no charge to eat during in-person school attendance until the end of the school year. Schools follow CDC and VDH meal safety and social distancing practices/guidelines based on individual school service plans. Meals are be bagged and consist of a fully reimbursable breakfast and lunch.

While the Summer Food Service Program is being administered, a la carte items will not be available for purchase. We will keep you updated should the Food Service Program change.

E-Learning Activities

For a variety of e-learning activities that children can partake in at home, such as online games, books, and nutrition education activities for children, please visit USDA Team Nutrition’s website at:

Virtual Afterschool Enrichment Ideas
Afterschool Enrichment Print Materials

For additional e-learning opportunities, visit the Office of Food Service's YouTube playlist where our students and staff cover important topics such as kitchen and food safety, cooking lessons and more.