FAQs

How much does breakfast or lunch cost?

Students attending a School District of Philadelphia school are offered a breakfast and a lunch meal at no cost daily.

What do I need to fill out to be qualified for free or reduced priced meals this school year?

Families no longer need to fill out the meal application. All students in the District will be offered breakfast and lunch meals at no cost to the students. Teachers and Staff are still required to pay for meals.

My child cannot drink milk. Is there another option?

Lactaid milk is available in all schools at breakfast and lunch for children who are lactose intolerant. Students can also opt to choose juice when juice is on the menu. In addition, the school allows access to water at all meals per NSLP regulations.

Do your meals contain pork?

As a rule, the District does not menu pork. Items that are typically made with pork, such as sausage, ham, and pepperoni are made with turkey, beef, or chicken instead.

With items like pizza, chicken nuggets, and hotdogs, how can your meals be healthy?

Even though our menu items may sound like the popular restaurant versions, they are very different. Our meals are specially formulated to be lower in fat, sodium, and sugar, and higher in fiber to be compliant with federal regulations for school meals. We use lean protein, low-fat cheeses and all of our grains are whole grain-rich. So when you see pizza on the menu, it’s not your typical pizzeria pizza. Our version has a whole grain crust, ¼ cup of red/orange vegetable, and low-fat cheese. Our nuggets, chicken products, and “fries” are baked, not fried, and all breading is whole grain. Our hot dogs are made with lean beef, chicken, and turkey, and served on a whole grain bun. And all entrees are served with fruit, vegetables and low-fat or fat-free milk.

If you have any questions, contact us at foodservices@philasd.org or 215-400-FOOD.