Nutrition Services

New Process Replaces Meal Applications

Vancouver Public Schools will be participating in a federal program as part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program called Community Eligibility Program (CEP). This means that all students districtwide are eligible to receive breakfast and lunch at no charge throughout the 2022-23 to 2025-26 school year regardless of family or household income. However, some of the education programs the district provides are funded by state dollars that require our schools to collect household information for all students attending CEP schools.

While meals for all students will remain free again this year, we will ask families to fill out the Education Benefits Form. This form replaces the Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application. The information collected from the Education Benefits form will ensure your child’s school receives the full amount of federal and state funding and ensures your child receives services they are entitled to when free and reduced-price applications are not required. These programs include before and after school academic and enrichment programs, fee waivers for college applications, admission tests and extra-curricular activities, and resources for classrooms, teachers and students, and many other benefits.

How can families access the Education Benefits form?

  • Download the Education Benefits form
  • The forms will be sent to all families electronically in mid-September
  • Forms will be mailed to households when the school year starts
  • Forms will be available in each school office or at Nutrition Services at 2901 Falk Rd., Vancouver, WA 98661

Completed forms should be returned to your school office or Nutrition Services at 2901 Falk Rd., Vancouver, WA 98661.

If you have received notice of approval for Direct Certification, you do NOT need to return an Education Benefits form.

For questions, please contact Nutrition Services at 360-313-1190 or

Education Benefits form | Formulario de Beneficios Educativos

Education Benefits form | Опрос о доходах семьи за 2022-23 гг.

Menu items may change based on product availability

Supply chain issues and school meals

Los problemas de la cadena de abastecimiento y las comidas escolares

Menus and nutrition

Our online menu provides easy access to see what’s cooking in your school’s kitchen. In addition to seeing all of the great options, you can:

  • View nutritional information on each meal we serve
  • Build a meal that meets your personal dietary needs
  • Filter food choices by allergens
  • Make healthy food choices
  • Translate the menu into many different languages

VPS is hiring nutrition services professionals!

Find job openings.

Questions? Call 360-313-1080 or email our HR department.

Slicing vegetables for lunch.

What’s on your plate?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture created MyPlate, an easy-to-follow food guide, to help parents to figure out how to feed their kids nutritious, balanced meals.

Interested in becoming a Advisory Health Council member? Have questions or ideas about the wellness policy?

The Advisory Health Council consists of registered dietitians, medical personnel, teachers, administrators, vendor owners, parents and students.

The council meets at least once a year to review current research on nutrition and fitness and to update district Policies and Regulations 3650 and 6310. The council may provide other advice as requested by the superintendent.

Please email Jan Redding at

Wellness policies and procedures
Policy 6700 • Procedure 6700

Special dietary needs requests

If your child has a special dietary need, you may request accommodations from the Nutrition Services Department by completing the Special Dietary Accommodations form.

Please submit the completed form to the school nurse.

Special Dietary Accommodations | Solicitud de ajustes dietéticos especiales

Special Dietary Accommodations | Запрос о предоставлении специального питания

Once a dietary accommodation form is returned, please click the survey link below to learn more about our Special Diets implementation plan, and to provide us more information to ensure the best possible food service experience for your student.

Free meals served to students daily

USDA child nutrition programs non-discrimination statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Para todos los demás programas de asistencia de nutrición del FNS, agencias estatales o locales y sus subreceptores, deben publicar la siguiente Declaración de No Discriminación

Civil rights procedure for VPS Nutrition Services Program