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Meal Applications


Chatham County Schools participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), which is a federally assisted meals program operating in both public and nonprofit private schools, as well as residential childcare institutions. The program provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost, free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act that President Harry Truman signed in 1946.
Children from households meeting federal income guidelines are eligible for free or reduced-priced meals. Families may apply to participate in the program at any time during the school year.
Applications are available at school cafeterias or at the School Nutrition Services Department in the school district's main offices at 369 West Street in Pittsboro. 


Free and Reduced Price Meals are available to families who believe they may qualify. If your family chooses to apply please complete a "Free and Reduced Meal Price Application Form." The forms can be obtained and returned (completed) to any school office. You will be notified by mail of your child's status. Until notification you must provide your child with a lunch or lunch money.

Only complete one application per family. The information you give will be used to determine or prove your child's eligibility for free or reduced-priced meals. This information may also be used for other state or federally funded school benefits.

Factors considered in the application process are household size and total household income. HOUSEHOLD SIZE is considered all persons, related or unrelated: Including parents, children, grandparents who live in your home and share living expenses. The TOTAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME is the income each household member received last month before taxes - this includes wages, social security, pension, unemployment, welfare, child support, alimony, and any other cash income.

Foster children are categorically eligible for free meal benefits. An application is not needed yet there does need to be documentation of status by a state or local entity familiar with the child's status. Foster children may be included in the household application as part of the household size.