Food Service And Child Nutrition

Lunch Time

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
Breakfast: No cost
Lunch: No cost

Anyone wanting a free lunch application for the 2021-2022 school year can pick it up at the Food Service Department located at:
Food Service Center 
1025 Hoag Street 
Toledo,Ohio 43607
Call if you have any questions. 

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 grapes, 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 baked potato 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

Darlene Lawson, District Manager [email protected]
Reynald Debroas, Director [email protected]
Office Number: (419) 671-8585
Toledo Public Schools
Food Service Department
1025 Hoag St.
Toledo, OH 43607


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