Free and Reduced Applications
Free and Reduced

Free & Reduced Program

Each household in Johnston County may apply for free and reduc
ed priced meals. Each household must reapply each year to continue these benefits. You may reapply for these benefits at any point throughout the school year if your income changes, your household size changes, or you become eligible to receive food stamps (must provide food stamp 9-digit case number).

For the first 30 days of the school year, your student is eligible to maintain the status from the previous school year and will remain free, reduced, or denied. If you submit a new application before the first 30 days of the new school year have passed, your student's status will be updated to reflect the new application. If you do not submit a new application and the first 30 days of the school year have passed, the benefits for your student(s) will be eliminated.

Until your child(ren) have been processed, you will need to provide lunch money to purchase school meals at the regular price. Please allow 10 working days for an application to be processed.

Only one application per household. Please use blue or black ink.

To apply, obtain an application either through Child Nutrition Services or your student's school and return it to the school or mail it to 601-C West Market Street, Smithfield, NC, 27577.

Verification: If you submit an application and it is approved, the application may be verified by the school and/or the NC Department of Education at any time during the school year. School officials may require documentation that your child(ren) are eligible for free or reduced price meals. Your child's eligibility status for free or reduced price meals may be verified with any data available for this purpose including data from NC Departments of Economic Security, Revenue and Human Services.


Applications for free and reduced priced meals will NOT be mailed to each household for the 2015-2016 school year. These applications will be provided to each household on the first day of school. An addressed, postage paid envelope will be provided in the application packet so that applications may be mailed into the Child Nutrition Services central office for quicker processing.

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