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     Thank you for letting us serve your children.
    Attention: Parents or Guardians   
    Any household with student(s) enrolled in Lee County Schools has the option to apply for free and reduced meals. To receive free or reduced price meals for your child, you must complete an application and return it to our office at 106 Gordon Street, Sanford, NC, or mail it to Child Nutrition, PO Box 1010, Sanford, NC 27331 or return it to your child’s school when school starts back.
    If a household receives Food Stamps your child(ren) should be direct certified through the state. This means you will not need to complete an application. If you receive food stamps and you do not receive a letter of notification from our office stating your child is automatically eligible for meals at no cost, please contact our office. If you do receive a letter of notification but do not receive one for all the students in your household, please contact our office at the phone number listed below.  For the first 30 days of the new school year, your child’s benefits from the previous year can be used. It is necessary for a new application to be completed and processed for the child to qualify for benefits for the new school year. A new application must be completed each year. If a new application has not been completed and approved by the end of the 30 day period the benefits will stop and your child will be charged for their meals. It is the responsibility of the parents to pay any charges on the student's meal account. To prevent charges from accumulating on a student's meal account, it is very important for a parent to complete a meal application as soon as possible. It is required that all necessary information be provided when completing an application. The benefits cannot be approved if the application is not complete. All Lee County School students in the household should be listed on (1) one application, even if they attend different schools.  A family may reapply for benefits any time during the school year.  You must complete an application that is dated 2017-18. The applications will look different this year due to a change in our scanning software. Please don't wait, get those applications in as soon as possible. Applications will be available starting July 1, 2017. Once you have sent your application to us, if you have not received a letter of notification within 10 days, contact our office. If you should have problems completing the application or have questions, please feel free to contact our office at 919-774-6226 and ask for the Child Nutrition Office.
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    Please Click Here to see an example of the 2017-18 Free and Reduced meal application for this year.  Applications will be available starting July 1, 2017.  You can pick up application from our office at 106 Gordon Street, Sanford, NC, or from your child's school when school starts back, or we can mail you a copy.  
    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.

          Healthy School Meals
      Lee County Schools provides healthy meals that are planned according to USDA Dietary Guidelines. These guidelines control the amount of sodium, fat and sugar in our meals. They also increase the amount of fruits, vegetables, whole grain items and calcium rich foods that are offered daily to a student.
    A student breakfast may include three of four items: 1 breakfast entrée or cereal with whole grain crackers, 1 fruit and/or 100% fruit juice and a choice of milk. Students must select a fruit or a fruit juice along with 2 other items, having a total of 3 items, for a tray to be considered a full breakfast (or a reimbursable breakfast). A student Does Not Have To Choose Milk, it is their choice. The only choice requirement at breakfast is fruit or fruit juice.
    A student lunch includes 5 meal components. Vegetables, Fruit, Meat, Whole Grains
    & Milk.  Students MAY select 3-5 of the meal components. Students may select 2 fruits, 2 vegetables, a meat entrée and milk or only 3 components as long as at least one of the components is a fruit or vegetable to have a complete lunch (or a reimbursable lunch).
     Any students that does not select a fruit or vegetable will have to pay a per item price (a la carte). A student Does Not Have To Choose Milk; it is their choice. The only lunch required items are fruits or vegetables.
     Lunch from Home
    We would love to have every student eat school meals everyday; however we know some students choose to have a sandwich from home. Please keep in mind if your child chooses to bring a sandwich from home for their lunch, they may still go through the serving line and choose 1 or both vegetables, a fruit and milk if they would like, as long as they take a fruit or vegetable and 2 other items. This would count as a reimbursable meal. Children need their fruits and vegetables daily. This would be another way they could eat their fruits and veggies each day, plus it would make their sandwich meal a lot healthier. A hungry mind cannot concentrate.  If you have any questions about lunch choices, please feel free to ask any cafeteria staff at your school or call our office at 919-774-6226.  


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