Child Nutrition Services


The USDA’s pandemic-related free meal waiver, which allowed Ellensburg School District to serve free meals to all students, ended in June 2022. However, the state of Washington did expand another program called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). CEP allows schools with a specific free-meal eligible population of 40% or more to offer free meals to all their students.

Ellensburg School District worked hard to determine which schools would be eligible for this program. Breakfast and lunch will be free at Ida Nason Aronica, Lincoln, and Mount Stuart elementary schools, as well as our Early Learning Center, for the 2022-2023 school year, regardless of free- and reduced-lunch qualifications. Families with students at these schools will need to fill out a household income survey (look for it in your email and mailbox), in place of the free and reduced lunch application. This report is important to provide students access to free waivers and other services.

At this time, Valley View Elementary, Morgan Middle School, and Ellensburg High School do not qualify for CEP. They will return to a paid meal program beginning the first day of school, except for those families that qualify for free- and reduced-meals via federal programs or an income-based household application. We will continue to evaluate meal program options for these sites. Applications are available online here or at your child’s school. If you have students at both a CEP-eligible school and a non-CEP eligible school, you will need to fill out both the family income survey and an income-based household application.

Additionally, any student in grades K-12 who qualifies for reduced lunch at Valley View, Morgan Middle School, or Ellensburg High School will receive their meal for free. There is no longer a $0.40 lunch copay associated with this eligibility category. Ellensburg School District is committed to providing all children with nutritious and appealing meals regardless of their eligibility status.

CEP Eligible Schools (Free Meals)

Paid Meal Program

Ida Nason Aronica Elementary

Valley View Elementary

Mount Stuart Elementary

Morgan Middle

Lincoln Elementary

Ellensburg High

Early Learning Center



2022-2023 School Year Meal Prices

Grade Price
K-5 $2.50
6-8 $2.75
9-12 $2.85
Adult $3.50
Milk $0.50
Grade Price
K-5 $3.25
6-8 $3.50
9-12 $3.75
Adult $5.00
Milk $0.50



Apply for Free/Reduced-Price Meals:

Add Funds to Your Child's Account:


Contact Us

Child Nutrition Department Office
Director: Alexandra Epstein-Solfield
(509) 925-8217

Dietitian: Charlotte Green
(509) 925-8217

Ida Nason Aronica Elementary
Cashier: Renee Merten

Lincoln Elementary
Cashier: Liz Carr

Mt. Stuart Elementary
Cashier: Melanie Kanowsky

Valley View Elementary
Cashier: Lynn Grieve

Morgan Middle School
Manager: Cindy Mandersloot
(509) 933-7625

Ellensburg High School
Manager: Heather Lombardi
(509) 925-8373




In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted 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; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.