Last Updated: 7/21/2021 6:27 PM

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The United States Department of Agriculture has extended free meal benefits to all students through the end of the 2021-22 school year. That means breakfast and lunch school meals available for students to eat at school will be free for the entire school year. The “Meal Deal” is required to qualify for free meals. All individual items, Al a Carte, and additional entrees will have an additional fee.

The Meal Deal consists of:

  • for Breakfast: a main item (grain), up to 2 fruits, and 1% Milk
  • for Lunch: a main item (protein/grain), up to 2 veggies, and/or a fruit, and 1% Milk


Who is eligible for the free meal benefit? 

All  WCSD students in grades K-12 are eligible.

Do I need to qualify for these meals? 

No. Every meal will be free until the USDA tells us otherwise. They will receive their free meals during regular in school breakfast and lunch and follow regular building lunch or breakfast instruction.



The Meal Deal consists of:

  • for Breakfast: a main item (grain), up to 2 fruits, and 1% Milk
  • for Lunch: a main item (protein/grain), up to 2 veggies, and/or a fruit, and 1% Milk

The food service staff at your school can help students identify what is included and there are multiple signs in all cafeteria. Most children that have eaten in our cafeterias understand this process. It's practiced at all levels elementary, middle and high school. 

No. Students will have to pay for a la carte items, which include extra meal servings,  chips, ice cream, specialty drinks, bottled water, etc

Yes. Although lunch applications for the 2021-22 school year are not required to qualify for free school lunches, there are several District and external benefits that you may qualify for by filling out the lunch application. To begin the application process, please visit Once you have agreed to the terms and conditions, select OH for Ohio and then choose Westerville City Schools.


Go to and click on APPLY NOW, the follow all the prompts. You should have the six digit student ID number for each child on the application. is an easy, secure, and convenient way to apply free or reduced price school meals. Please note that if you receive a letter from Food Service regarding Direct Certification, you do NOT need to submit an application as you have already been approved. These notifications will start going home August 6th via US Mail.

Paper applications are available at your child’s school, the Food Service office located at 936 Eastwind Dr or the Westerville Enrollment Center at 300 Polaris Parkway, Suite 3200.  You may also access the application through the district website or your student’s school office.

Yes, menus can be found on the district website under Food Service Department, we have discontinued the use of the NutriSlice program