6000 - Support Services

6225 Free And Reduced Price Food Services

The school system will provide free meals and reduced price meals to eligible students in the schools.

The school system will strive to increase participation in the available federal child nutrition programs. The principal shall make applications for free or reduced price meals readily available to parents or guardians and shall accept completed applications at any time during the school year.

In accordance with the guidelines for participation in these programs, and in accordance with the wishes of the board, no student who meets the criteria for eligibility for free and reduced meal benefits will be denied a free lunch, milk or other food, simply because the proper application has not been received from his or her parent or guardian. The principal may complete an application for a student known to be needy if the parent or guardian fails to apply.

The information provided on each application is confidential. Employees with access to this confidential information must make reasonable efforts to maintain the anonymity of students participating in the free or reduced price meal program.

The superintendent shall establish procedures that conform to state and federal requirements regarding participation in programs for free and reduced priced meal benefits.

Legal References:
Child Nutrition Act of 1966, 42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq.; Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. 1232g; National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. 1751, et seq.; G.S. 115C-263, -264
Cross References:
Goals of Student Food Services (policy 6200)
Monday, 09 January 2012
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