2021-22 Food Information
Important Update from Food Services
Due to the national food shortage, TCAPS is having difficulty receiving the product necessary to provide the meals posted on our menus. As a result, TCAPS is temporarily taking down our posted menus. Menus will be posted daily at each building based on the inventory available. We will continue to monitor all allergy and nutritional needs of our students. Please reach out to your building’s Kitchen Leader with any questions. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.
Free Breakfast and Lunch
TCAPS is pleased to offer free breakfast and lunch to all students again this year. We take pride in providing the most accurate nutrition and allergen information online. However, parents and students need to be aware that our suppliers are experiencing severe food shortages nationally, so it may result in changes to the posted menu. We are working with our distributor to minimize this as much as possible, but it will continue to happen for the foreseeable future. If your child requires specific nutrition data/allergen information, please contact your child’s school.
*Although meals are free this year, students in our secondary buildings can spend money on ala carte and vending items each day. With the addition of a new feature in our online payment process, parents can now control how much their children spend daily from their meal accounts on extra items. This feature works for the ala carte food in lunch lines or when students use our vending machines. No purchase is necessary to set these spending limits. If you would like to use this feature, please follow the link below:
Would you like a fun and well paying job that aligns with your children's school hours? Food Service is in critical need of additional staff and we would love to have you on our team. The schedule allows you to be at all of your children's school events and to be off on holidays and snow days with your children. If that sounds like something that would work for you, please fill out an application at https://www.tcaps.net/jobs/ .
For Students Who Require Special Diets or Meal Accommodations
For students who require special diets or meal accommodations, please fill out this form and return it to your school's main office.
Apply Today for Free & Reduced Meals
Applications should be completed each year; these applications are also used for several other grant programs in TCAPS. In addition, students who qualify for free and reduced meals also qualify for college application fee waivers and SAT/ACT fee waivers. So please submit your Free & Reduced Meals Application here.
Food Assistance Guide
View A Guide to Food Assistance and Eating Local for information on local pantries, food assistance programs, and more.
New Vending Machines Offer Healthy Alternatives
Having access to healthy food items and meals outside of the normal cafeteria operating hours just got a little bit easier. TCAPS has installed two new vending machines in the cafeteria at Central High School as part of a pilot program. The vending machines contain healthy food items that meet the same federal nutrition regulations as all other food sold in the school cafeteria. Sample items include: salads, yogurt, sandwiches, fruit, granola bars, etc.
Students and staff can purchase snack items as well as meals qualifying under the Federal Free and Reduced Price School Meals Program using either cash or their meal accounts. For students who qualify for free/reduced meals, the purchase would count towards their daily meal allowance. View a tutorial on how to use the machines: