Free school meals available through summer and 2021-22 school year

Students pick up lunches outdoors in front of school building at an OSD meal site

Free grab-and-go sack lunches, as well as breakfast for the following day, will be available at selected school and community sites starting on the last day of school Tuesday, June 22, 2021.

Note: June 22 is a half day of school, so breakfast only (no lunch) will be served on OSD school campuses. Grab-and-go lunches will, however, be available after school is dismissed at the five schools listed below (Centennial, Garfield, Hansen and Roosevelt elementary schools, and Olympia Regional Learning Academy).

Youth 18 years old and younger, and any current OSD student older than 18, are eligible to pick up a grab-and-go meal. No identification is required in order to pick up a meal and no pre-order of a lunch is necessary.

The summer meal program will be held at the following sites:

  • Centennial Elementary – 2637 45th Ave. S.E., Olympia 98501
  • Garfield Elementary – 325 Plymouth St. N.W., Olympia 98502
  • Hansen Elementary – 1919 Road Sixty-Five N.W., Olympia 98502
  • Roosevelt Elementary -1417 San Francisco St. N.E., Olympia 98506
  • Olympia Regional Learning Academy – 2400 15th Ave. S.E., Olympia 98501
  • Ashwood Downs Apartments – 1900 Ashwood Downs Lane S.E., Olympia 98501 (off of 18th Avenue S.E. and Hoffman Road S.E.)
  • Evergreen Vista Apartments -1209 Fern St. S.W., Olympia, 98502
  • The VFW Post 318 parking lot (across from Aztec Lanes) – 2902 Martin Way E., Olympia, 98506

Summer meals will be distributed from 12 noon to 12:30 p.m. on all weekdays except on July 5. 2021. No meals will be served on this day in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

2021-22 School Year

The Olympia School District will continue to offer free meals to all children through the 2021-22 school year as part of an extension of a federal program by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Schools throughout the country can provide children with continued access to free meals through June 30, 2022, regardless of families’ ability to pay. The continuation of the program, which was first implemented at the beginning of the pandemic, is part of the federal government’s plan to reopen schools safely.

Families are still encouraged to complete an application for free or reduced lunches, as eligibility for free or reduced lunches could possibly lead to future benefits.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
View the USDA Nondiscrimination Statement on the OSD website. 

Families may request free meal boxes for spring break by March 29

Two OSD lunch staff pose in the kitchen food prep and serving area

Please remind OSD families they may request a free seven-day supply of breakfast and lunch for each of their students during spring break by completing a form at a current school or OSD community meal distribution site, or by emailing the Child Nutrition Services department. Forms are due by 4 p.m. on Monday, March 29.

Seven-day meal boxes will be distributed between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Monday, April 5. Families from schools throughout the district may choose one of the following four school locations to pick up the free meal boxes: Hansen, Centennial, Garfield or Roosevelt elementary schools.

All students and youth up to age 18 are eligible to order the free meal boxes.

To reserve a seven-day box of meals for the week of April 5, please obtain a request form from any of the current school and community meal distribution sites, open weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meal box request form is also located on the OSD website. Return the form to any meal site by Monday, March 29. An interactive map showing the locations and driving directions to the current meal distribution sites is posted on the district website.

Families may also email the district’s Child Nutrition Services department at lmorrison@osd.wednet.edu. Be sure to include in your email:

  • How many students/youth in your family need a seven-day box of meals.
  • Where you will pick up the seven-day supply of meals (Hansen, Centennial, Garfield or Roosevelt elementary school).
  • Please email this information, and a phone number where we can contact you, by 4 p.m. on March 29, 2021.

Download the spring break meal box request form here.

Adult meal prices changed February 1

OSD administration recommended and the Olympia School Board recently approved increasing adult meal prices to $4 per meal. The change took effect on February 1.

Every three years, districts are audited by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction against United States Department of Agriculture (U.S.D.A.) standards for operating a food services program.

In January, OSPI completed our 2019 audit. The audit identified that our district was not charging enough for adult meals. We were charging $3.75 per meal and were non-compliant; not charging enough to ensure that there was no subsidy by the district or U.S.D.A. of the adult meals.

Did you eat a healthy breakfast this morning?

Image of grilled breakfast sandwich to support article about the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast.Don’t miss this month’s issue of the “Wellness is a Way of Life!” newsletter. The newsletter is provided by the Child Nutrition department as a wellness resource for all employees.

The March newsletter includes articles about the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast.

Read the full March Wellness newsletter. Previous issues from this year are available on the Olympia  School District Child Nutrition Web page.

February Wellness newsletter: Let’s talk hearts!

February Wellness Newsletter front page Happy Face = Healthy Heart

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Don’t miss this month’s issue of the “Wellness is a Way of Life!” newsletter. The newsletter is provided by the Child Nutrition department as a wellness resource for all employees.

The February newsletter includes articles about heart health and the health benefits associated with having a positive, happy mood.

Read the full February Wellness newsletter. Previous issues from this year are available on the Olympia  School district website Child Nutrition Web page.

January Wellness newsletter

Wellness is a Way of LIfe! newsletter

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Don’t miss this month’s issue of the “Wellness is a Way of Life!” newsletter. The newsletter is provided by the Child Nutrition department as a wellness resource for all employees.

The January newsletter includes articles about the benefits of exercise and eating well.

Read the full Wellness newsletter. Previous issues from this year are available on the Olympia  School district website Child Nutrition Web page.

December Wellness newsletter

december-2016-wellness-letter-2_page_2Why is it important to wash the outside of a melon before cutting? Why is it important to wash your hands before and after an exercise session at the gym? Learn more in the latest issue of “Wellness is a Way of Life!”

Read the full Wellness newsletter. Previous issues from this year are available on the Olympia School District website Child Nutrition Web page.

The monthly newsletter is provided by the Child Nutrition department as a wellness resource for all employees.

November Wellness newsletter

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Don’t miss this month’s issue of “Wellness is a Way of Life!” newsletter. The newsletter is provided by the Child Nutrition department as a wellness resource for all employees.

The November newsletter includes articles about the benefits of eating together more as a family and why Romaine lettuce is a healthy choice.

Read the full Wellness newsletter. Previous issues from this year are available on the Olympia  School district website Child Nutrition Web page.