During the Cumberland County Board of Education’s (Board) regular June 2022 meeting, the Board considered and approved the first meal price increase for students at non-CEP schools since 2017. CCS CNS submitted to the Board a meal price increase of $0.50 for full-pay students at non-CEP schools.
Approved 2022-2023 School Year Prices (includes $0.50 increase):
Students in all grades - Breakfast: Free
Students in all grades with free lunch: Free
Students in all grades with reduced-price lunch: Free
Non-CEP Elementary School Students — Full-Pay: $2.65
Non-CEP Middle and High School Students — Full-Pay: $2.75
Despite this increase, CCS’ 2022-2023 full-pay meal cost remains $0.25 to $1.00 lower than meal costs in comparable N.C. school districts.
The CEP, as defined by the USDA, is a non-pricing meal service option for schools and school districts in low-income areas. CEP allows the nation's highest poverty schools and districts to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students without collecting household applications. Approximately 73% of the district’s schools are CEP schools.
For more information about CCS’ Child Nutrition Services and to find the free and reduced lunch application, please visit the Child Nutrition webpage.