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Student Dining Services

CPS Feeds Thousands Every School Day

Student Services: Feeding Children is a Work of Heart

Cincinnati Public Schools is proud to be the nation's first large school district to offer lunches to students, starting in 1898.

Nationally acclaimed for our commitment to student nutrition, our Student Dining Services Department has received the Champion of School Breakfast Award five times from the Ohio Department of Education. Our excellence extends to our summer meal program, honored with the Gold Turnip the Beet Award in 2023, Silver in 2022, and Bronze in 2021.

We pride ourselves on serving food that kids know and love while surpassing USDA requirements for healthy meals. Our Clean Label initiative, guided by the Ingredient Guide for Better School Food Purchasing, and our partnership with The Good Food Purchasing Program ensure we source fresh, local foods. We strive to plan culturally responsive menus with a variety of choices in all schools. Our culturally inspired and plant-forward menu items, such as Tamales with yuca and plantains, Pierogies, and Tikka Masala, allow students to try new foods to fuel their day.

Click Here to Download Our Printable Monthly Menus.

SchoolCafe — Leading in School Nutrition 

Experience an interactive and convenient method of exploring the breakfast and lunch options available at your student's school. SchoolCafé doesn't just provide menu browsing; it offers a range of features:

  • Review images and detailed descriptions of all culinary offerings.
  • Access comprehensive nutritional information for well-informed choices.
  • Utilize menu filters to easily identify foods suitable for specific allergen needs.
  • Join the conversation by actively evaluating and rating different dishes.

Ready to get started? Head over to SchoolCafé.com or grab the mobile app for seamless access!

Meal Costs

Paid meals at Hyde Park and Kilgour are $1.75 and $2.00 at Walnut Hills.