School Nutrition Services

  • School Lunch

    Durham Public Schools is leading the state in developing and serving healthier and tastier nutritional choices for our students because we know that healthier students make better learners! We believe that no student should start their school day hungry -- so every child enrolled in Durham Public Schools can receive a healthy breakfast, absolutely free. No forms to fill out or documents to sign. Just go to the cafeteria or meal kiosk (available at select schools) and receive your food!

  • DPS Meal Programs

    Breakfast- Free to all DPS students. Schools serve breakfast either in the classroom, hallway, or classroom.

    Lunch - Hot lunch is served at all DPS schools.

    Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program - Seventeen elementary schools participate in this USDA grant which provides a fresh produce snack three times per week.  

    After-school Snacks - Served to students who participate in DPS Community Education after-school programs. 

    Summer Food Service Program - Free summer meals are available to all children in Durham at some schools and community sites. Site locations vary each year. Text FOOD or COMIDA to 304-304 during the summer months to find a site near you with free meals for kids. For a map of summer meal sites and directions, visit Durham Area Food Resources Locator (

Mission & Standards

  • The mission of DPS School Nutrition Services is to provide delicious, quality meals to our customers in a comfortable and safe environment. In order to achieve this mission, we are committed to:

    • Centering student leadership, supported by School Nutrition Staff, schools, and community
    • Providing quality products and services
    • Focusing on the needs of our customers
    • Encouraging healthy choices as a life-long habits
    • Working collaboratively with departments and community organizations to achieve our wildest dreams


    Learn more about local, state, and federal nutrition standards.