School Nutrition Services
Apply for Free or Reduced-Price Lunch

CMS School Nutrition Service is returning to its previous online application process for families who want to be considered for free-reduced price lunch. The application process is fast, secure and trackable.

Breakfast will continue to be provided to all students at no charge.

Families with students attending non-Community Eligibility Provision (non-CEP schools) will have to complete an application to be considered for free-reduced price lunch or be directly certified each school year. 

APPLY NOW! The meal application is a family application. Only one application needs to be completed for each household.


  • Parents do not need to complete a lunch application if "all" children in the household attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school .

  • Print or download a 2022-2023 Meal Application packet here. You may also obtain a paper application by calling School Nutrition Services at 980-343-6041.

  • If you are in need of an application in another language, please click here to take you to the language preferred.
  • After the application is submitted, an email notification will be sent to the email address provided on the application, within 10 working days, with the eligibility determination. A letter will be mailed in US Mail if an email address is not provided or on file. If a letter is not received, call (980) 343-6041 to inquire about the status of your application.
  • If your student qualifies for meal benefits they could be considered for discounted fees for applying to college, pay to play athletics, academic tests such as SAT, ACT, AP and discount internet access from some providers. 
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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.

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P.O. Box 30035
Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
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