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Important Changes for School Meals

Important Changes for School Meals 08/27/2020
Beginning Sept. 1st, two major changes are coming to the School Nutrition Program due to new rules from the U.S. Department of Agriculture:
  • Charging for meals -- The School Nutrition department will begin charging for meals according to a student’s individual eligibility for free, reduced-price or paid meals. Students will be able to charge a meal, if needed. Payment cannot be accepted at meal sites/stops. Payment options include: 1) pay online with a credit or debit card at or 2) send a check/money order to your child’s school. The check must include your full name, address, phone number, driver license number, student name and ID number.
  • Meals for CCS students only -- Students must be enrolled in Cabarrus County Schools in order to purchase or receive meals. Students or parents picking up meals must provide the student’s name and (if possible) their student ID number so that the meal can be recorded.
Students enrolled at Community Eligibility Program (CEP) schools – Royal Oaks, Wolf Meadow, W.M. Irvin Elementary, Concord Middle and CCS Opportunity – will continue to receive free meals and may obtain their free meals at any site or bus stop location.
If you haven’t applied for free/reduced-price meals yet or haven’t received a letter indicating that you’ve automatically qualified, apply today. Visit If you need a paper copy, you can get one at your child’s school or from the meal bus. If you would like to print an application, visit the CCS School Nutrition website and select Printable Applications & Forms.
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