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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



    Adult Meals

    A la carte

    A la carte

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact 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 - Are not permitted to charge meals. Adults may pay for meals in advance.

    Students - Refer to the Orange County Schools Policy 6220 - Operation of School Nutrition Services.

    Meal Payment Options

    Students who receive reduced-price lunch or who buy their breakfast/lunch can pay for meals using the online meal payment portal:  k12paymentcenter.com.  You will need to know your student's ID number to set up the account.  

    The online portal allows you to:

    • Prepay for your meals or pay as you go

    • View your child’s purchases (meal history)

    • View your balance

    • Set up automatic payments

    • Receive alerts when your pre-paid balance is low or you have past-due payments

      • Go to “Manage Profile”

      • Click “Send Low Balance Notification” 

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

    Begin Managing Your Account Online Today!

    Refund Information

    Please contact the School Nutrition Office at 919-245-4002 for more information regarding refunds or transferring funds.

    Non-Discrimination Statement

    In 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.