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    Lunch applications for 2023-2024 are available NOW!


    Only one application needs to be completed for each household.

    Or, you may print or download a 2023-2024 Meal Application packet here:
    Meal Application Packet - English
    Meal Application Packet - Spanish

    Paper applications may also be obtained from the front office or cafeteria of your student’s school site.

    If you are completing a paper application, please submit it to the school cafeteria or mail to:

    Orange County Schools
    ATTN: School Nutrition Services
    200 E. King St.
    Hillsborough, NC 27278

    A letter regarding the status of your student’s meal application will be sent home and emailed within 10 working days after the application is submitted,
    or call (919) 732-8126 to inquire about the status of your application.


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. www.LunchApplication.com

  • Meal Prices and Payment Options

    2023 - 2024 Meal Prices:

    School 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 minimum cost.




    Paid Breakfast – Grades 6- 12

    $ 1.75

    $ 8.75

    Reduced Breakfast - Grades 6-12



    Elementary students will continue to receive Universal Breakfast



    Paid Lunch Grades Pre K-5

    $ 2.75


    Paid Lunch Grades 6-12

    $ 3.25


    Reduced Price Lunch – all grades

    $  0.40

    $  2.00

    Adult Meals

    A la carte

    A la carte

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

    Revised August 9, 2023



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

    Charged Meals

    Adults - 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

    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 weekly, monthly, or annually. 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 K12PaymentCenter.com.

    Beginning August 1, 2019, K12paymentcenter.com 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

    Checks 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.

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

    If you have a www.k12PaymentCenter.com 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 www.K12PaymentCenter.com. 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.

    Non-Discrimination Statement

    n accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

    Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

    To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/ad-3027.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

    1. mail:
      U.S. Department of Agriculture
      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
      1400 Independence Avenue, SW
      Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
    2. fax:
      (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
    3. email:


    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.