Lee County Schools

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 Welcome to Child Nutrition Services!
Thank you for letting us serve your children.
Attention: Parents or Guardians   
School Meal Program for 2016-17           fruit
Lee County Schools
Child Nutrition Services
Any Lee County Schools student with a previous years status of free or reduced-price meals may participate in the Child Nutrition Program with the same eligibility status for the first 30 operating days of the 2016-17 school year or until a new meal application is approved. At the end of the 30 days, if no current application is on file, the student's status will automatically revert to a Full Paying Status. A new meal application is required EVERY school year. It is beneficial to everyone if applications are submitted as early as possible. Applications are accepted anytime during the school year The 2016-17 free or reduced-meal applications will be ready to distribute on July 1, 2016. You will then be able to pick up an application from Lee County Schools Central Office, 106 Gordon Street, Sanford, NC or from your child’s school office. You will also find an application in your student’s school information packet for the 2016-17 school year. Please list all children that are a Lee County Schools student on one application, you do not have to complete an application for each student. You need to complete only one (1) application per household. If your household receives a letter from our office in July stating that your child has been approved for meal benefits, you DO NOT need to complete an application. Just make sure you receive notification for every school child in your household. If you have any questions about the application process, feel free to contact the child nutrition office at 919-774 6226. Please keep in mind, it is the parent’s responsibility to pay for student meals until the application is processed and approved. Any charges accumulated for student meals are the parent’s responsibility to pay. After the application is approved an approval notification will be mailed to your household.
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Pre-paying for student meals is another option by going to www.k12paymentcenter.com to add money to your child's account using a credit card. K12PaymentCenter is eliminating the fee for premium accounts effective for the 2016-2017 school year.  After the change all users who sign up for the service will have access to premium account features at no extra cost.  Existing accounts that have basic service will be upgraded to premium.  With premium service, you will receive access to your student lunch account balance and meal history. You will receive a email notification when your student account balance drops below a limit you have set.  Users will be charged a $1.95 processing fee when adding money to meal accounts. 
You will need your child’s student ID number.  If you do not know the student ID number, please feel free to contact the child nutrition office at 919-774-6226.

Start Your Day with a Good Breakfast
Breakfast Provides Benefits... Make it a Priority!

Fewer Trips to the School Nurse. When students eat breakfast, nurses report fewer hunger related office visits.

Improved Classroom Behavior. Students are better able to pay attention in class when they have eaten. Principals confirm that they see fewer discipline problems when students have eaten breakfast.

Better Learning. Students learn best when they have eaten a good breakfast.

Making Healthy Nutritional Choices

Good nutrition leads to great academic performance. Good nutrition has a positive and direct impact on your ability to do well in school. When your nutritional needs are met, you have the cognitive energy to learn and achieve. You will be better prepared to learn, more likely to attend school, and are more apt to take advantage of learning opportunities.


Protein – Choose a variety of foods with lean protein

Protein is an indispensable nutrient and can be found throughout every tissue in our body. Protein is a vital source of energy but the most important function of protein is building and repairing tissue. We also need protein for our immune function, proteins transport vitamins and minerals throughout our body.

Grains – Make half of all the grains you eat whole grains

Eating grains, especially whole grains, provides health benefits. Dietary fiber from whole grains, may help reduce blood cholesterol levels and lower risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. Grains are important sources of many nutrients, including several B vitamins, magnesium and selenium.

Vegetables – Make at least half of your plate fruits and vegetables

Eating vegetables provides health benefits — people who eat more vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Vegetables provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body.

Fruits – Make at least half of your plate fruits and vegetables

Eating fruit provides health benefits — people who eat more fruits and vegetables as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Fruits provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body.

Dairy – Always choose fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk

Milk and dairy products are especially important to bone health during school aged years, when bone mass is being built. It provides important sources of calcium, potassium and vitamin D, and help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and help to lower blood pressure in adults


Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based  on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted  or funded by USDAPersons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.                                                                                                          




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