What does the Free and Reduced program offer?
Free and Reduced Meal Applications
The meal application is a family application. Only one application needs to be completed for each household. Apply online for free or reduce priced lunch by visiting our website www.cms.k12.nc.us/cmsdepartments/cns or you may obtain a paper application packet by clicking here or you can obtain one from your child’s school. If you are completing a paper application, please mail to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Child Nutrition Services, P.O. Box 668847, Charlotte, NC 28266-8847.
Students who were approved for benefits last year will continue receiving lunch under last year’s approval until a new application is processed. Students have up to 30 days to reapply for meal benefits. Students who do not reapply for the current school year will need money for meals beginning the 31st school day. New students must have an approved application on file before meal benefits begin; however, new students, students who did not submit an application the prior school year, and students who attended a CEP school the prior year will need an approved application on file or money for meal purchases beginning the first day of attendance in the new school year.
Pre-K, elementary and middle school students who do not have an approved application on file and do not have money in their account will receive a complete meal. The price of the meal will be charged to the student’s account. Students will be asked to return any extra items on their tray to the cashier. Parent/guardian is responsible for reimbursing the cafeteria for any money charged to the student’s account, even if an application is approved at a later date.
Parent/guardian is responsible for making sure their child has an approved application on file. If a letter detailing the status of the meal application is not received within 10 working days after the application is submitted, call (980) 343-6041 to inquire about the status of your application.
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