Child Nutrition Services
We Feed the Future…
Every student needs a nourishing meal throughout the day to help keep them strong and healthy and ready for the important work they are doing in the classroom. Here in Cumberland County Schools, students are offered both breakfast and lunch, as well as After School Snacks—either through Prime Time or Remediation.
Offer vs. Served
Students are offered a variety of food choices daily. They are not required to take all of the items offered but must select ½ cup fruit or vegetable for a reimbursable meal. Students are encouraged to take a variety of healthy choices.
What’s on the Menu
Menus for Elementary/Middle, High and Year-Round schools are available on our web page at Child Nutrition Monthly Menu.
About the Program
The Child Nutrition Services (CNS) operates the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs and cafeterias in Cumberland County Schools, as well as provides meals during the summer through our Summer Feeding Program. CNS assists special programs, such as Prime Time, with daily snacks for their After School Care Program for children. In conjunction with providing healthy, nutritious meals at a reasonable cost, we provide nutrition education for students as we seek to introduce them to healthier choices during meal service for a better way of life.
While the goal is to provide students with appealing meals, CNS must also abide by all federal, state, and local regulations regarding not only the menus but the overall Program. This includes accommodating students with special dietary needs in the breakfast and lunch programs.
The CNS office staff is composed of an Executive Director, Director, Director of Business Operations, five supervisors, a district chef, six specialized clerical staff members, a computer technician, a training manager, a maintenance foreman, a refrigeration technician, two equipment technicians, and an equipment technician apprentice.
Student Meal Prices
Due to the ongoing challenges presented by the Covid 19 Pandemic, the USDA has authorized school districts to operate the Seamless Summer Options program during the 2021-2022 school year. The program allows all children ages 18 and younger to receive one breakfast and one lunch daily at NO CHARGE. Students may purchase additional items at a la cart prices.
Free/Reduced Meal Applications
Parents of students enrolled in schools that are not participating in the Community Eligibility Provision are asked to complete a Meal Application annually, including the 2021-2022 school year. Qualifying for free or reduced school meals allows students to qualify for additional benefits beyond meals, such as reduced fees for driver education, college entrance exams, and possibly Pandemic EBT funds. Simply receiving free meals through the Seamless Summer Options Program will not qualify students for the additional benefits. Students must qualify through the National School Lunch Program via a meal application, direct certification, or enrollment in a school participating in the Community Eligibility Provision. Applications may be submitted online at www.lunchapplication.com or hard copies may be obtained from and returned to the school.
Community Eligibility Provision
Cumberland County Schools (CCS) Child Nutrition Services is excited to announce The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) will be offered at select schools for the 2021-2022 school year. The provision will enable each student enrolled in the participating schools to receive breakfast and lunch at no cost on days when school is in session.
Community Eligibility Information for Parents
Contact Child Nutrition
810 Gillespie Street
Fayetteville, NC 28306