2021-2022 School Year Update: Breakfast, lunch, and supper are free for ALL SCHOLARS.

Click here for healthy snack ideas to send to school with your scholar. 


Stokes School is participating in the following Child Nutrition Programs: National School Lunch Program (NSLP), Seamless Summer Option (SSO), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), and Supper Program (CACFP).

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement


In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.


Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.


To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.  Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:


(1)       mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

            Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

            1400 Independence Avenue, SW

            Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;


(2)        fax: (202) 690-7442; or


(3)        email: program.intake@usda.gov.


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


Also, the District of Columbia Human Rights Act, approved December 13, 1977 (DC law 2-38; DC official code §2-1402.11(2006), as amended) states the following:


It shall be an unlawful discriminatory practice to do any of the following acts, wholly or partially for a discriminatory reason based upon the actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, genetic information, disability, matriculation, or political affiliation of any individual. To file a complaint alleging discrimination on one of these bases, please contact the District of Columbia’s Office of Human Rights at (202) 727-4559 or ohr@dc.gov



Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom PCS (Stokes School) ensures that students have access to nutritious meals to support their academic success.  Stokes Kitchen serves breakfast, lunch, snack, and supper daily. The students receives healthy and delicious meals for breakfast, lunch, and after school supper each school day.  The Stokes Kitchen professional chefs prepare all meals in-house using minimally processed ingredients from local farmers and suppliers. There is a fresh salad bar available to students at no cost every day. We also offer fresh fruit four times a day: at breakfast, snack, lunch, and supper. We cater to students who have specific dietary restrictions such as gluten, dairy, and egg allergies, and there is a vegetarian option at every meal.


Breakfast is available to students every morning from 7:30 am until 10:50 am.  


Breakfast, snack and supper is free for all students. Lunch is available to students every day at $3.00 per meal. Families are encouraged to apply for free and reduced-price meals. Applications for free and reduced-price meals can be acquired online on our website and in our main office. Complete the lunch form above and submit the completed form in person at Stokes School’s receptionist desk.  

For assistance to complete the form, contact:


Brookland: Mirsa Lopez,  Office Manager,  202-265-7237

East End: Nancy Cruz, Office Manager, 202-975-2100


All students in income-eligible households are eligible for school meal benefits regardless of a child's immigration status. Stokes School does not release information for immigration-related purposes in the usual course of operating Child Nutrition Programs.


Stokes School participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO), and adheres to the guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


All families can access Stokes School’s Meal Charge Policy by clicking here. The Meal Charge Policy is for students with insufficient funds for school meals and delinquent accounts in the school nutrition program. All SFAs operating the Federal school meal programs are required to have a written meal charge policy. This policy intends to establish a process and procedure to handle situations when children eligible for full-price meal benefits have insufficient funds to pay for school meals; as well as for the collection of unpaid meal charges and delinquent account debt.


You can find more information about this US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) requirement at: https://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/unpaid-meal-charges.


If you have any questions about this notification, please contact Fresia Cortes, Director of Operations, at fresiac@ewstokes.org or by calling 202-975-2100.