Dining hall

Eating together builds community

Thanks to the federally-funded school lunch program, all K-12 students are eligible for a free lunch from the dining hall for the 2021-22 academic year.

Our dining hall staff prepares nutritious homemade meals daily. Most menu items are made from scratch, or freshly baked each morning, including homemade desserts and cookies. Each meal provides the required food groups, meeting FDA regulations and recommendations, and other compliance standards.

Hot lunch and salad option is available daily. See the menu below and on the web calendar. Lunch count is taken at the beginning of each day, so students can decide to purchase at the last moment. Packers can choose milk, ice cream or even a dinner roll if they are available that day.

Students will maintain physical distance during lunch when recommended by the Virginia Department of Health. Often, students will eat outside when weather permits, a wonderful practice begun during the COVID-19 precautions of 2021-22.

Our kitchen maintains a restaurant license and staff holds ServSafe certifications, ensuring that our food is prepared in a clean and safe environment.

Banquet services are available for special events. See more about facility rentals here. 

Read about how EMS commits to work with families whose children have food allergies here.

Read about our dining hall sustainability (composting and recycling) efforts here.

Paying for lunch

While lunch is free, extra items such as ice cream or a second entrée are billed to your account. EMS uses MealTime to maintain lunch accounts. MealTime balances are imported monthly into our FACTS billing system so that you do NOT need to add money to your student's MealTime account. Creating an account is OPTIONAL, but allows you, the parent, access to see all the lunch activity for your student in one place. If you would like to create an account, contact the business officee.

  • Student lunch - free for the 2021-22 school year
  • Adult guest lunch - $4.60


Managing our dining hall waste sustainably is a priority, with students playing a key role. In 2020-21, we needed to move to disposable clamshell containers for lunch due to COVID-19 mitigation strategies. That year, we began a partnership with Black Bear Composting of Crozet, Va.  With student initiative, the school composted 3,306 pounds of food waste and clamshells during the year. Read more.

See the latest information regarding P-EBT Benefits

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, 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;
  3. Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

The EMS policy, procedure and complaint form can be found here.