Food Service Program
Stokes School Food Program Policies
Stokes School is participating in the following Child Nutrition Programs: National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), and Supper Program (CACFP).
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 $4.50 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, Operations Manager, 202-265-7237
- East End: Nancy Cruz, Operations 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.
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, Chief Operating Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 202-975-2100.
Summer Lunch Program
“Public notification” is the term used to describe how a participating organization will fulfill the public outreach requirements to announce the availability of meals, the nondiscrimination policy, and the complaint procedures if an individual chooses to file a complaint for violation of nondiscrimination policy. Participating organizations must provide proof of completing the public notification requirements in accordance with regulations to the specific Child Nutrition Program (CNP). All applicants are required to submit proof with the organizations’ CNP application. Please review the Public Notification document in the Orchard Library specific to your program before completing this section.
USDA Nondiscrimination Policy
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible State or local Agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) or fax:
(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442;
(3) or email:
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 email@example.com.