PreK salad party
Cooking club
11th graders at the Food Justice Youth Summit

At Capital City, we believe strong bodies lead to strong minds and recognize the connection between a healthy lifestyle and success in school. That’s why nutrition and wellness are emphasized across all grades. From our nutritious, comprehensive meals program to fun, age-appropriate activities such as working in our on-site school garden or taking an after-school cooking class, all students develop healthy eating habits and learn about the importance of living an active lifestyle. 

All food and beverages served at school meet the nutrition recommendations of:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

Capital City participates in the The National School Lunch Program (NSLP). The NSLP is a federally assisted meal program operating in public, charter, non-profit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children who qualify each school day.

Capital City Public Charter School requires each household to have a school lunch application on file for the current school year. New for the 2020-21 school year, Free and Reduced Meals (FARM) applications are available online.  Please complete your application at, no later than Friday, August 28, 2020. 

Families that do not want to apply for Free and Reduced Meals must complete the Refusal of Benefits Form, to be received no later than Friday, August 28, 2020.  The form may be returned by email to or by regular mail to Food Service, Capital City Public Charter School, 100 Peabody Street NW, Washington, DC  20011.

Online, you will receive instant notification of your student’s eligibility for free or reduced lunches. If your student qualifies for NSLP, they will be eligible to receive school lunches free of cost. Families that do not qualify for free or reduced meals must pay for any lunches taken by their student(s). If you believe there is an error with the status of your application, please contact Capital City’s Director of Operations, Ms. Aisha Hassan, at or 202-808-9717.

Payschool Central

Capital City Student Meal Payment Policy

While Capital City operates with only distance learning through at least the first quarter of the 2020-21 school year, we continue to plan how best to meet our students’ needs while following the rules established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Our goal is to provide all students with access to meals.  It is not yet clear exactly how this will happen.  However, we are asking families to follow prior year procedures as written here.  

Under normal circumstances, Capital City provides up to three meals per day. Breakfast is free for all students. Lunch costs $3.35 per meal. Afterschool snacks are free for all students who consume the snack in school.  During distance learning, how these meals are provided is still being determined.  Families still may qualify for free or reduced cost lunches based on family income. All families should complete the Free and Reduced Meals (FARM) application or a Refusal of Benefits form. A new FARM application must be completed at the beginning of each school year to determine eligibility for that school year.

Families that do not qualify for free or reduced meals must pay for any lunches taken by their student(s).

What do families need to pay for student lunches? 

Students are normally able to take lunch either every day or only occasionally. With this in mind, families are typically asked to pay in advance for the meals they expect their student(s) to consume.  When we are providing in-person classes, if a student takes a meal without sufficient payment in advance, the family will be billed by the school.  If a student’s balance goes below zero, the student’s family will be notified of the amount due.

Once in-person education begins again, we recommend that families not receiving free or reduced lunches make an initial payment of at least $70 to cover the cost of lunches for one month. A payment of $20 would cover one week of lunches.  A payment of $150 would cover the first quarter of the year. Families may pay less to start, or could pay for a full year (180 days X $3.35 = $603).  

Pay School Fees

Dietary Accommodations Policy

Students with special dietary needs should submit a Medical Statement to Request Dietary Accommodations (download form here) to their school’s Nutrition Program Manager each school year. The request must be signed by both a licensed medical provider and a parent/legal guardian. This form should only be used by students requiring dietary accommodations for medical reasons.  For students who do not have a dietary disability, Capital City may, but is not required to, make food substitutions.  Completed forms must be received before accommodations can be met.  Any incomplete or unsigned forms will not be processed.

Distinguishing Severity of Food Allergy: The Medical Statement to Request Dietary Accommodations must state that your student has been diagnosed by a doctor with either food anaphylaxis (severe food allergy) or a food intolerance.

Food Preferences Policy: Capital City will determine whether we are able to accommodate food preferences that are not medically required.  Such accommodations are not guaranteed.

  • Vegetarian options are always available for lunch in all grades (PK-12).  If your student would like vegetarian options for breakfast and lunch, please indicate that on the meal sign up form.  The meal sign up form will be provided to families in a separate mailing.
  • Capital City provides both fat free and 1% milk at all meals.  Soy or other milks are only available to students who submit a Medical Statement to Request Dietary Accommodations signed by a doctor.
  • It is the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian to provide current information on the medical and/or nutritional needs of the student, submitting new forms as needed.
  • Parents/legal guardians are encouraged to keep a copy of the form that they submit in case a follow up is necessary.
  • It can take 3-4 weeks from the time forms are received for accommodations to be made. Please plan accordingly during this time.
  • All school meals are tree nut and peanut free.

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:

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