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School Nutrition Q & A

Absolutely! It will be easier for you, your child, and the cafeteria staff if you prepay for your child's meals. Our computer system allows parents to prepay by depositing money into a child's individual account. School Nutrition provide prepaid envelopes that are available through the cafeteria manager. You may pay for meals in advance by the week or month. Nash County Public Schools also has an online payment option. Log on to to register and setup an account for your child.
No. What a child selects is a decision made by the child and their parents.
No. The National School Lunch Act and the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 prohibits school food authorities from denying a meal or milk to any eligible child as a disciplinary measure. Any instance of this activity should be immediately reported to the School Principal and School Nutrition Director.
You may obtain a Diet Order Form from the school nurse. The Diet Order must be completed by your child's doctor each year and turned into the school nurse. Once the completed order is received it is forwarded to cafeteria manager and School Nutrition Supervisor, a Registered Dietitian. At this point, the School Nutrition Supervisor gives instructions to the cafeteria manager and contacts the parents as needed.
All children in households receiving benefits from Food and Nutrition Services, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations or TANF/Work First can get free meals regardless of your income. Also, your children can get free meals if your household's gross income is within the free limits on the Federal Income Guidelines.
Yes, foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals. Any foster child in the household is eligible for free meals regardless of income.
Yes, children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway or migrant qualify for free meals. If your children meet the definition of homeless, runaway or migrant but have not been informed that they will get free meals, please call or e-mail Dr. Edward Hicks at (252) 462-2801 [email protected] for homeless/runaway and Hernan Daza at (252) 937-9083 [email protected] for migrant.
Children from families whose total household income is within the reduced price limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines Chart can get school meals at a maximum reduced price of $.40 for lunch and no charge for breakfast.
No, but please read the letter you received carefully and follow the instructions. Call Tami Bell at the School Nutrition Office at (252) 462-2491 or e-mail [email protected] if you have questions.
No, you only need one application for each household.
We are unable to receive applications by phone or FAX. All applications must be on an original official form, and must be mailed or hand-delivered to the address on the front of the application form or to your child's school. You can submit an application online at
Yes. You may apply at any time during the school year if your household size goes up, income goes down, or if you start getting Food and Nutrition Services (FNS, formerly Food Stamps), TANF or other benefits. If you lose your job, your children may also be eligible.
Students in grades PreK-5 may buy lunch for $2.00, and students in grades 6-12 may buy lunch for $2.30. Students in all grades may buy breakfast for $1.00. Reduced price meals are available to eligible students in all grades free for reduced breakfast and $.40 for lunch.