Update Sept. 2: Metro Nashville Public Schools will offer no-cost breakfast and lunch to all children 18 and under based on newly released federal guidelines. Read more in the MNPS news release.

As a result of the March 3 tornado and the on-going impacts of COVID-19 your family may be facing job loss and other financial challenges. If so, you can apply for these services:

  • Food Assistance: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, provides nutritional assistance benefits to children and families, the elderly, the disabled, unemployed and working families.

    • The Tennessee Department of Human Services also offers information for Disaster Assistance for which you may qualify.

  • Community Eligibility Program: Check the school lists on the Community Eligibility Program page to see if your child’s school offers no-cost lunch to all students. The list has changed from last school year.

  • Free and Reduced Lunch: If your child attends a Metro School school where he or she must pay for lunch, you can apply for free or reduced priced lunch. * The online application is available in several languages.


Meals at Schools: Beginning Wednesday, September 9, MNPS will move to a three day a week schedule to provide no cost breakfast and lunch meals to any child 18 and under at all school locations and bus stops.

Two breakfast and lunch meals will be provided on Mondays for Monday and Tuesday.
Two breakfast and lunch meals will be provided on Wednesdays for Wednesday and Thursday.
Three breakfast and lunch meals will be provided on Fridays for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Delivery times are generally:

  • 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at school locations
  • 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for high school bus stops
  • 12:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. for middle school bus stops
  • Meals at Bus Route Stops: Bus route information is available using the Find My Stop app at mnps.org/transportation and students should try to arrive at least 5 minutes prior to the scheduled time.

To Receive a Meal, students should be present or parents can certify that they are picking up meals for a qualifying child.

Meal Costs:

  • Breakfast and Lunch will be provided at no cost to any child 18 and under.


We serve menus that are planned in consistency with the nutrition standards established by the United States Department of Agriculture and emphasizes a diet that includes a variety of vegetables, fresh fruits, whole-grains, low-fat dairy products and lean proteins. We also limit foods high in saturated and trans fats, added sugars, and sodium.

Vegetarian option: Nutrition Services also recognizes the diverse food preferences of MNPS students and we are now offering a vegetarian option at lunch daily.

Allergens: Menu items may contain or come into contact with milk, wheat, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and soy. For more information, please contact the Coordinator of Nutrition Education & Training at 615-259-8473

Here’s what’s included with each meal:

  • Breakfast: Entrée, fruit juice, fresh fruit, milk

  • Lunch: Entrée with bread, hot vegetables, tossed salad or veggie cup, fruit and milk or
    Chef salad, fruit and milk.