At KIPP Columbus, hot, healthy, and delicious meals are prepared daily by in-house chefs from AVI Fresh and provided free of charge to 100% of our students. We use fresh foods, organic ingredients, and a diverse menu to bring creative dishes and new and innovative meals to life. Nearly 2 million free meals have been provided since the opening of the KIPP Columbus Campus.

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Some of the features of our program include:

  • A state of the art teaching kitchen for culinary classes and community events.
  • A fresh food Market that features new entrees daily
  • An organic salad bar for enhanced healthy options
  • Two executive chefs and a sous chef on campus

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KIPP Columbus March 2023 Menus (KCP, KCE, KCM, KCH)

Our Nutrition Program

Our nutrition program at KIPP Columbus includes FREE breakfast and lunch. We also provide a free daily snack for students at KIPP Columbus Primary. Students with specific food allergies will be accommodated as long as the specific needs are shared with the main office.

Nutrition Standards

The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA), a national school lunch program has been implemented at KIPP Columbus. We have incorporated greater amounts of organic foods, fruits and vegetables, all whole grains, lower levels of calories, etc.

The goal is to increase the overall number of healthy meals students are eating, particularly since school lunches are such an important source of nutrition. In addition to the nutritional meal guidelines, the act also encourages the use of more local and farm fresh produce, school gardens, and healthier snack and drinks choices.

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Peanut and Peanut Butter Free School

Due to significant food allergies of some KIPPsters, we are a peanut and peanut butter free school. Students are not able to bring peanuts or foods with peanut butter to KIPP. This includes for any packed lunches.  Thank you in advance for ensuring that ALL KIPPsters are safe and can freely enjoy their meal times at KIPP without worrying about this food allergy.


Birthdays are special in the life of any child and we love to celebrate!  For families who want to bring in a snack for a child’s birthday, we ask families to follow the below process. Please reach out with questions.

  • Family calls the office at least one week in advance to identify the date to bring the birthday snack.
  • There must be enough snacks for each student in the class.
  • The snacks must follow the guidelines listed above.
  • The snacks must arrive by 3:00 pm (at the latest) on the day of the celebration, in order to be shared with the class by 3:45 p.m.



USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

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, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, 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 at: How to File a Complaint, 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; or

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This institution is an equal opportunity provider.