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Apply for Free or Reduced Meals


CLICK HERE for the Spanish version of the Free or Reduced Lunch Application.


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.


Or, you may download a 2018-2019 Meal Application packet here:
Or, you may also obtain a paper application from your child’s school.
If you are completing a paper application, please mail to:

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
ATTN: School Nutrition Services
P.O. Box 668847
Charlotte, NC 28266-8847.

The application must be mailed to the address above.

*If you are in need of an application in another language, please click here to take you to the language preferred.

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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