Food Service And Child Nutrition

Lunch Time

Summer Meal Benefit

Your student may be eligible for Ohio's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to receive meals over the summer at minimal to no cost. Eligible students:

  • Enrolled at any time in the school year and certified for free or reduced-price meals under the NSLP
  • Asking schools to include enrollment date and withdraw date (if applicable)

For full details about the program and how to apply please take a look at this document.

For any questions contact the Ohio Department of Education and Workforce
Office of Nutrition
[email protected]

Summer EBT Webpage and Statewide Application: 

The Summer EBT webpage will fully launch the week of May 6. The webpage is, please update any correspondence to direct the public to this webpage. Does not require a log in and this is where the link to the statewide application will be available. 


A hungry student may have a hard time focusing on learning. That's why the Toledo Public Schools Food Service Department provides 7,000 breakfasts and 14,500 lunches for students every single school day.

We follow USDA guidelines to provide balanced and nutritious meals for our students, while also meeting specific dietary needs.

To learn more about the food offered in TPS cafeterias, click the following links: Nutrient Analysis of TPS Foods, School Snack Food Guidelines and School Beverage Guidelines


Elementary (Kindergarten Through Eighth Grade)
Breakfast: No cost
Lunch: No cost

High School (These prices are for students at ANSAT, Bowsher High School, NSTC, Toledo Early College, Toledo Technology Academy, Toledo Pre-Medical, and Start High School. The remaining buildings qualify for C.E.P.) 
Breakfast: $1.50
Lunch: $3.25

Anyone wanting a free lunch application for the 2023-2024 school year can pick it up at the Food Service Department located at:

Food Service Center 
1025 Hoag Street 
Toledo,Ohio 43607

2023-2024 Application Letter 2023-2024 Application Form W/Fee Waiver

Call if you have any questions or fill out this form: 2023-2024 Fee Waiver only. This form is fillable so you can fill it out, save it to your computer, click the Submit Form button below, attach the application file, and send it to us.

 Submit Form

It is the parent's or guardian's responsibility to provide lunch for a child, whether it's packed or purchased at the school. For those occasions when they forget to do so, the TPS Food Service Department offers the following charge policy as a courtesy:

High School

  • Up to three meals are provided.
  • À la carte items cannot be charged.
  • Money remaining in a student's account will be carried forward to the next school year.

Unpaid Charges

Parents or guardians are encouraged to monitor their child's meal account to avoid any unpaid charges. Once the student nears his or her charging limit, the cafeteria manager may provide a verbal reminder to the student or a letter to the parent via the student or mail.

Unpaid charges should be paid by the end of the year so that they will not follow the student to the next year.

Additional Information

Meal modifications are made for students with special diets. A Special Diet Request form signed by a physician must be on file with the school cafeteria.

The Free & Reduced Meal Program is available for families experiencing financial difficulties.

Menu Items

Student menus were recently updated upon the recommendation of a study group composed of parents and TPS staff members. The following items are now included in the student menus:

Elementary schools: Fresh fruit, including sliced oranges, and apples; vegetable sticks served with dressing; macaroni and cheese; tacos; tossed salads; and a variety of healthy snacks.

High schools: Walking tacos, pizza, sandwich wraps, salad bar, a burrito bar, and a variety of healthy snacks.

Special Nutrition Note

To avoid potential adverse reactions by students with peanut allergies, TPS has discontinued the use of peanut products, including peanut oil. None of the foods served to students contain trans-fats.

Online Resources

Plenty of great information on diet and exercise can be found online. The following sites offer tips on a number of key topics, including eating a balanced diet, incorporating exercise into your daily routine, and much more.

Contact Us

Carrie L. Kolodziejczyk, Senior Director, Child Nutrition and Food Service, [email protected]
Shannon Flores, Assistant Director, Child Nutrition and Food Service, [email protected]
Office Number: (419) 671-8585
Toledo Public Schools
Food Service Department
1025 Hoag St.
Toledo, OH 43607


Updated US Department of Agriculture Non-Discrimination Statement and Exemption
Opportunity: On May 5, 2022, the US Department of Agriculture published an updated Non-
Discrimination Statement (NDS)
that included non-discrimination on the basis of sexual
orientation and non-discrimination on the basis of gender identity. All documents, pamphlets, websites, etc. must be updated with the new statement as noted below. Under US Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulation 7 CFR 15a.205, educational institutions and other entities may claim an exemption from the provisions of Title IX by submitting a written declaration to the Secretary of Agriculture identifying the provisions that conflict with a specific tenet of the religious organization by submitting a request in writing to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Please refer to Question 6 of the CRD 02-2022 Questions and Answered published May 5, 2022.

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:

De acuerdo con la ley federal de derechos civiles y las normas y políticas de derechos
civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (USDA), esta entidad
está prohibida de discriminar por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo
(incluyendo identidad de género y orientación sexual), discapacidad, edad, o represalia
o retorsión por actividades previas de derechos civiles.

La información sobre el programa puede estar disponible en otros idiomas que no sean
el inglés. Las personas con discapacidades que requieren medios alternos de
comunicación para obtener la información del programa (por ejemplo, Braille, letra
grande, cinta de audio, lenguaje de señas americano (ASL), etc.) deben comunicarse
con la agencia local o estatal responsable de administrar el programa o con el Centro
TARGET del USDA al (202) 720-2600 (voz y TTY) o comuníquese con el USDA a
través del Servicio Federal de Retransmisión al (800) 877-8339.

Para presentar una queja por discriminación en el programa, el reclamante debe llenar
un formulario AD-3027, formulario de queja por discriminación en el programa del
USDA, el cual puede obtenerse en línea
de cualquier oficina de USDA, llamando al
(866) 632-9992, o escribiendo una carta dirigida a USDA. La carta debe contener el
nombre del demandante, la dirección, el número de teléfono y una descripción escrita
de la acción discriminatoria alegada con suficiente detalle para informar al
Subsecretario de Derechos Civiles (ASCR) sobre la naturaleza y fecha de una presunta
violación de derechos civiles. El formulario AD-3027 completado o la carta debe
presentarse a USDA por:
(1) correo:
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 o (202) 690-7442; o
(3) correo electrónico:
[email protected]

Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.