About Child Nutrition Services
Child Nutrition Services proudly produces and serves tasty, nutritionally-balanced meals to the students of Chatham County. Our breakfast and lunch menus are made up of low-fat protein choices which are never fried, whole grains, vegetables, fruits and low-fat milk. We invite all students and parents to join us for lunch and/or breakfast to see how school meals have evolved! It’s not your mother’s mystery meat.
Meal Prices for 2013-2014 School Year
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Managing your student’s school nutrition account:
Meals and other school nutrition purchases must be paid for ahead of time or at the cash register at the point of selection. Parents are encouraged to pay for their student’s meals in advance. Prepayments can be made at intervals convenient for the parents—weekly, monthly or for the entire year. Each student has an individual account specific to his/her student ID number and all transactions are recorded as they are made. For your convenience, we offer several options for managing the payments applied to your student’s school nutrition account:
With a MySchoolMoney account, paying for school meals is easy. Go to myschoolmoney.com to enroll. You'll need your child's PowerSchool ID number, available in your registration materials or from your school. Once your account is set up, you’ll have 24-hour access to the information and other benefits. For more information, click here.
Prepay in the school cafeteria:
We accept cash or check prepayments in the school cafeteria. These will be immediately applied to your student’s account. Please make the check payable to your school cafeteria.
Pay at the point of sale:
While prepayments are encouraged, we do accept cash or check payments for individual meals at the cash register in the cafeteria’s serving line.
Monitoring account activity:
You may speak to your school cafeteria manager about getting a record of your student's purchases or restricting sales (such as "lunch only," "snacks on Fridays only," etc.).
Occasionally, students may forget to bring money for school meals. It is the policy of Chatham County Schools to ensure students receive a meal in these situations; however, the student’s account will be billed in the amount applicable according the National School Lunch Plan Free and Reduced Meal Guidelines. Parents are responsible for covering any debt accrued to their students account. CCS Child Nutrition staff will help communicate low balance and any charges to parents through discreet verbal and written notifications sent home with the student and phone calls home, as needed.
If your child will be participating in school meals and has allergies or other special diet needs of which our staff needs to be aware, please have your medical provider to complete this Special Diet form and return to the cafeteria manager at your student’s school.
Free and Reduced Price Meal Benefits
Chatham County Schools participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). NSLP is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946.
Children from households that meet Federal income guidelines are eligible for free or reduced price meals. Families may apply to participate in the program at any time during the school year. You can pick up an application from your school cafeteria or from the Child Nutrition Services Department in the Central Office. Only one application per family is required. To apply for free or reduced meals, complete and sign the Meal Benefits application and return it to the school cafeteria or the Child Nutrition Services Department in the Central Office.
For questions about Free and Reduced Price Meal Benefits applications, please contact the Child Nutrition Office at 919.542.6600. For questions about account balances and/or account histories, contact your student's school Cafeteria Manager.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)
If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Free Breakfast for Students Qualifying for Reduced Meals
Chatham County Schools now provides free breakfast to students who qualify for reduced meals- paid for with funds from the North Carolina General Assembly.
WHY SCHOOL BREAKFAST?
Breakfast Improves School Performance. With a school breakfast program:
Students’ math and reading scores improved
Students were less likely to miss class or be tardy
Discipline problems decreased
Visits to the school nurse decreased
You can apply for free and reduce meals at any time during the school year. You may pick up an application from your child's school or contact (919) 542-6600.
Child Nutrition Documents
These grade-specific signs will help your student select a complete, nutritious meal at breakfast and lunch.