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Free & Reduced Lunch Application

Craven County Schools Meal Plan Policy

2023 - 2024 school year

Universal Free Breakfast for ALL students.
Lunch prices for full pay students remain the same, Elem & Middle $2.10 High school student lunch $2.25, Reduced pay students will pay $0.40 for lunch. 

We encourage you to fill out the application below to determine your meal benefit. Students attending a CEP (Community Eligibility Provision) school do not need to fill out an application, as students attending CEP schools all eat at no cost without having to complete an application.
These schools include: AHB, BDQ, BES, BME, GAB, HJM, HES, HMS, JTB, JWS, ORA, RBNTA, TPE, WCH, WCM, VFL.

Elementary school students (grades K-5) will be permitted to charge up to three (3) breakfasts and three (3) lunches.
Middle school students (grade 6-8) will be permitted to charge one (1) breakfast and one (1) lunch.
High school students will not be permitted to charge meals at this time.
When appropriate, the meal originally selected by the student will be discreetly replaced with an alternate meal and staff members will be allowed to explain to the student the reason for the alternate meal.

Adults (including visitors and staff members) will not be permitted to charge meals.  Individual food items such as ice cream, extra entrees, snack items, etc. cannot be charged at any time.

Free and reduced meal pricing is available at all schools. Applications must be renewed each school year. If a new application has not been completed by October 10th 2023, the student will automatically revert to “paid” status.  All students who qualify for free and reduced pricing are covered 30 operating days into the current school year, unless a new application has been completed. Students who qualify for free and reduced meals are encouraged to eat breakfast daily, as well as order bag lunches for field trips or other school outings. Free and Reduced pricing can also be applied to a student at any time during the year in cases such as short-term family hardship.

School Nutrition Forms and Information 

Parents: Please note that applications can be completed online at: linqconnect.com, downloaded and printed from below or picked up at your child's school.

Online Application and Online Payment System

Say goodbye to sending cash and checks to the school cafeteria as your only payment option for school meals. LINQ Connect allows you to create a secure online account where you can add money to your child’s account at any time with your Visa, MasterCard, or Discover card.  Electronic checks will not be accepted.   Parents can have peace of mind knowing that students will have money available for meals.  Parents can also review what their students are buying and the account balance. You must know your student’s PowerSchool number, the school name and grade level.  The PowerSchool number will be provided by your student’s school.  To utilize this new service, please be aware that LINQ Connect has a processing fee for each transaction and credit to your child’s account will not appear immediately.  

PARENTS:  If you would like to add any notes to your child’s account regarding spending limits, items that can, or can not, be purchased, etc., please contact your child’s School Cafeteria manager. Seniors are encouraged to use all of their account funds prior to graduation. Any remaining funds will be transferred to a sibling within the school district or refunded.

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