Child Nutrition

*Any parents, teachers, students or community members who are interested in participating in the wellness committee at Essex County Schools should contact the Food Service Department at 804-443-2151.  Meeting will be held monthly through October 2017.  Meeting will he held quarterly in 2018.*

According to research, well-nourished students are better prepared to learn. At Essex County Public Schools we help to provide a healthy environment through nutritious meals and healthy snacks. Please visit the resources listed below to get more information for a healthy diet.

  • Healthy School Lunch   Click HERE to watch an informative video for any adult who knows a student. A healthy student is more prepared to learn. Learn how School Lunch promotes growth and good health!
  • Lunch Safari   Click HERE to watch a fun video for grades K-5. Go on a safari to find the healthy lunch at school!
  • School Lunch Report   Click HERE to watch an exciting video for grades 6-8. The video report by a middle school student explores school lunch. Grade A+!
  • What's for Lunch   Click HERE to watch an informative video for grades 9-12. Rap into what's happening at lunch!

Price List

Breakfast - FREE for all students

Lunch - $2.20
Reduced Lunch - $0.40

Adult Breakfast - $2.00
Adult Lunch - $3.10

Milk - $.50
**Please note menus are subject to change without notice.**

Payment Methods 
  • Apply to receive free or reduced meals by visiting our website, the Business Office or your child’s school office. Applications are accepted year round. See details below:
  • Check or money order made out to Essex County Cafeteria. Please put the child’s name and/or PIN on the memo line.
On-Line Payment Service

Essex County Public Schools now offers an online payment option.  
Your child's school now accepts payments for school meals through the online payment service. 
offers a secure transaction gateway that accepts VISA® or MasterCard® as a means of adding money to your child's meal account. Credit or debit cards can be used.                                             

Here are a few reasons to register now and begin using
 Safety - Virtually eliminates worries about your child carrying money to school.
 ●Convenience - Make payments when it's convenient for you, from the comfort of your own home, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
 ●Control – If you are using mySchoolBucks to pay for your child’s meal purchases, you will be able to view your child's meal purchases at the school cafeteria.  Also, you can set up an automatic email reminder to alert you when a payment is needed for your child's account, or set up an automatic payment for any other items available on the mySchoolBucks site. 
●Efficient - Make payments for all your children in one step, even though they may attend different schools in our district.
To get started, all you need is a computer, internet access, and an email account.  There is a fee to set up the account. You may choose to pay either a 3% Service fee for each transaction or pay a one-time membership or subscription fee.
For example, if you select the 3% Service fee, a parent who puts $20 into a child’s meal account is charged $20.60.
If you choose the one-time membership or subscription fee, the fee varies according to the length of time you choose to use the service:
12 months - $14.80 6 months - $9.90
9 months - $12.90 3 months - $4.95
The service automatically deposits the money into the student’s meal account at school within one to two business days. The Service or Membership Fee you pay does not go to the school district.  All fees go directly to to cover the vendor's costs of operating the online service. Refunds will be handled through the District Office using usual procedures.
To Register On-line:
Visit the website at Follow the instructions on the screen and provide the required information in order to register. You can register each child using their date of birth and/or student identification number; and be sure to enter your child’s name exactly as you did when you registered them at school. You will receive notification by email of successful registration. For this reason, a valid email address is required when you sign up for the service. We are excited to be able to offer this new service to our families in the school district. We hope you will find it to be not only convenient, but a great timesaver!

Free or Reduced Meal Applications

  • Apply to receive free or reduced meals by filling out an application (CLICK HERE for application) and returning it to the school office or by mailing it to the address listed below.  Applications may be submitted at any time and can also be obtained at school offices.
Mrs. Lori Beckwith
Essex County Public Schools
P.O. Box 756, 109 Cross Street
Tappahannock, VA 22560

“In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.  To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice).  Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”

FAIR HEARING: If you do not agree with the decision on your application or the results of verification, you may wish to discuss it with officials in the school nutrition office at the telephone number below.  If you wish to review the final decision on your application you also have the right to a fair hearing.  You can request a hearing by calling or writing the following official:

Hearing Official: Ms. Tara Roane
109 Cross Street, Tappahannock, VA 22560

The Essex County School Board is committed to nondiscrimination with regard to sex, gender, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, ancestry, age, marital status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law. This commitment will prevail in all of its policies and practices concerning staff, students, educational programs and services, and individuals and entities with whom the Board does business. 
Adopted: April 9, 2012 
Revised: November 11, 2013