Child Nutrition Department

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    Does My Child Qualify for Free and Reduced Meals?

    Children in households getting Food Stamps or TANF and most foster children can get free meals regardless of your income. Also, your children can get free meals if your household income is within the free limits on the Federal Income Guidelines.  Now you can apply on-line for your child(ren) to receive free or reduced price school meals. Your application will be sent from a secure web site directly to us, so you don’t need to worry about filling out a paper form that could be lost or misplaced.  If you have questions about the Free/Reduced Meals program in Orange County Schools, contact the Child Nutrition office at (919) 245-4002.

    Apply on-line for your child(ren) to receive free or reduced price school meals.

  • Meal Prices and Payment Options

    2018 - 2019 Meal Prices.  Starting July 1, 2018

    OCS Child Nutrition Services operates under the federal Guidelines of the NSLP, NSBP and after school snack program. The responsibility of Child Nutrition is to ensure that adequate meals are available to all students at a minium cost.




    Paid Breakfast – all grades

    $ 1.40

    $ 7.00

    Reduced Breakfast – all grades

    $ 0.30

    $ 1.50

    Paid Lunch Grades Pre K-5

    $ 2.45


    Paid Lunch Grades 6-12

    $ 2.95


    Reduced Lunch – all grades

    $   .40

    $  2.00





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    As of September 1, 2015, the Elimination of Reduced Price Breakfast was effective and Reduced Status students will not be charged for breakfast.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Child Nutrition Office at 919-245-4002.                                                                                                                    

    Revised May 22, 2018



    Students who are required to pay for meals are expected to provide payment in a timely manner 

    Charged Meals

    Adults - Child Nutrition Services will not allow adults to charge meals. Adults may pay for meals in advance.

    Students (High School) - Occasionally students may forget money for school meals. Students should call parents to bring money to school or borrow from a friend. High school students are not allowed to charge meals. Students may pay for meals in advance, and it will be in their account.

    Students (Middle School) - Occasionally students may forget money for school meals. Students should call parents to bring money to school or borrow from a friend. Middle school students are not allowed to charge meals. A meal voucher can be received from the teacher or the school office. Payment should be made to the school office the next day. At the end of the month, voucher amount will be sent to the school office by the cafeteria and the school office will issue a check to the cafeteria to cover the amount of the vouchers. It is the school's responsibility to reimburse the cafeteria weekly for all vouchers issued.

    Students (Elementary School) - Elementary students are allowed to charge as follows:

    1st Charge: Cashier reminds student to bring money the next day. Extra items can not be charged.

    2nd Charge: Casher reminds student to bring money the next day. A charge letter will go home with the student, and parent contact should be made. This letter will also state that payment must be received before other meals can be charged. The Principal will receive a copy of all communication. We realize that emergencies occur, but expect that meals will be paid for when served. After a second unpaid charge, students will receive an approved alternate meal for lunch until charges are paid. Extra items can not be charged.

    Refer to the Orange County Schools Food Services Management Board Policy #6220.

    Meal Payment Options

    Parents please read this notice from K12 Payment Center

    Pre-payment can be made in advance to their account or pay as they go through the serving line. Parents are encouraged to pay for student's meals in advance. Pre-payment for school meals by check or cash may be made by the week, month, or the entire year. Each person has his own account and transactions are recorded daily. If you plan to pay by check, please read our Check Policy. We also encourage you to try

    Beginning August 1, 2019, will begin using a variable convenience fee based on the payment amount.

    For payments up to $95, the convenience fee will remain at $1.95. For payments over $95. the convenience fee will be 3.99%. 

    Additionally, customers will have the option of using electronic checks which offer a convenience fee of $.95 regardless of the amount paid.

    Orange County Schools Child Nutrition Services accepts account payments by these methods:

    Payment by Check

    Check must be preprinted and must have writer's full name, address and phone number. The total amount must be placed on account and no change will be given. No starter checks will be allowed.

    As of October 1, 2014, Orange County Schools Child Nutrition Services has entered into agreement with Checkredi to provide services for insufficient funds (NSF) checks.

    Every student that would like to purchase snacks must have permission from parent/guardian.

    If you have a account, simply login with your current username and password.  Effective July 1, 2016, existing accounts will be upgraded to Premium account access at no charge.  Our online payment system is a secure, easy and convenient way to apply funds directly to your student's account.

    Benefits of a Premium Account

    • Quick and easy payment system for your student’s meals and school fees
    • Deposit to multiple students’ accounts with one single payment
    • Pay online for Orange County School's laptop fees
    • Recurring payments can be set for monthly or weekly deposits
    • Notifications sent via text or email when new school fees are assigned to your student
    • Step-by- step registration is easy and account management is simple and intuitive
    • Secure payment processing
    • Your information is confidential – we do not sell your information to anyone!
    • $1.95 fee per transaction for school meal payments
    • See your student's meal account balance any time
    • Automated notifications via email and text when your student’s meal account balance falls below an amount you determine

    Begin Managing Your Account Online Today!

    To learn more, visit Remember, if you already had an account, simply log in with your current username and password. To register for a new account, you will need your student’s district student ID#. If you do not have this number you may obtain it from your student’s school or Child Nutrition Services.

    Refund Information

    Refund requests must be in writing using the Services Payment Voucher Request form that is completed and signed by the parent. The cashiers will not have sufficient funds to refund the money onsite. The Finance Office will issue the check within two weeks after submission of the completed form. We will need the social security number and address of the parent/guardian making the request.