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The WCS Nutrition Program takes pride in its highly trained, dedicated staff whose mission is to courteously serve well-prepared, nutritious meals that enhance the health of students and staff. The School Nutrition Team is committed to the 10,900 children they serve every day. Their ultimate vision is to serve all 11,500 WCS students. The Team thanks everyone who supports the program. If you need any assistance, contact Director Cindy Bailey at (252) 399-7845.


Wilson County School Nutrition Services and the Maintenance Department are now accepting bids on Fire Extinguisher Service for the 2019-2020 school year. Bid opening is scheduled for April 17, 2019. For more details, interested vendors should contact School Nutrition Director Cindy Bailey at 252-399-7845 or



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2018-2019 WCS Free and Reduced Price School Meals Household Application


MEAL APPLICATIONS - Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for free and reduced meals for my child? is an online meal application system where families can apply for free and reduced meals. Each application will be sent from a secure website directly to School Nutrition Services. Any parent or guardian can apply after Aug. 3. Paper applications are available at the School Nutrition Office (519 Ward Blvd. Building 8A behind the bus/maintenance warehouse). 

I have child(ren) in elementary and certain middle schools that will be receiving meals at no cost due to the CEP provision. I also have child(ren) at non-CEP schools. Do I still need to complete a meal application form?

Yes. If a student has a sibling at a CEP school, the parent or guardian will have to complete a meal application form and include all individuals living in the household, including the CEP student(s) on the application. Please know that once a meal application is processed and approved, your CEP child will receive meals at no cost while your non-CEP child may qualify for meals at the free, reduced or denied status.

Do I have to submit a free/reduced meal application each year?
Yes. Federal guidelines require a new application each year for all non-CEP students. (There are exceptions for students who are directly certified through the Wilson County Department of Social Services.)

On the first school day, will my child’s meal status be the same as the previous school year?
Yes. The previous school year meal status will be honored until October 10, 2018. If, on the morning of Oct 11 an application has not been completed and processed, your child’s meal status will automatically change to a paid status and he/she will be required to pay for his/her meals.   

Do I need to fill out an application for each child?
You only need to complete one (1) application form for all students in your household. 

If I do not qualify now, may I apply later?
Yes. You may apply at any time during the school year if your household size goes up, income goes down, or if you start receiving Food and Nutrition Services (FNS, formerly Food Stamps) or start receiving TANF or other benefits. If you lose your job, your children may qualify for free or reduced priced meals. 

What is direct certification?
Under direct certification, school districts use information from state welfare or food stamp offices to certify children to receive free meals. To qualify, the children's families must receive food stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or assistance from the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations. The purpose of direct certification is designed primarily to improve National School Lunch Program access and administrative efficiency.

How do I know if my child is directly certified?
You will receive a letter from the School Nutrition Office stating your child has been directly certified for free meals. If you received a letter, you do not have to complete an application form.  

Will the information I give be checked?
Yes. You may be asked to send written proof of your household income, size and other requested documents. On an annual basis, we are required by federal regulations to randomly pull a small percentage of the approved free and reduced applications and request documentation from the parents/ guardians. 

May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen?
Yes. You or your child do not have to be a US citizen to qualify for free or reduced price meals. 


We are in the military. Do we include our housing allowance as income?
If your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance as income. All other allowances must be included in your gross income.

My spouse is deployed to a combat zone. Is his/her combat pay counted as income?

No. If the combat pay is received in addition to his/her basic pay because of his/her deployment and it wasn’t received before being deployed, combat pay is not counted as income.


What if I disagree with the school’s decision about my application?
We ask that you first speak with the Meal Application Specialist at (252) 399-7849. If you are still not satisfied with the decision, you may then ask for a hearing by calling (252) 399-7741 or writing to: The Executive Director of Administrative Services, Wilson County Schools, PO Box 2048, Wilson, NC 27894.


Each morning, the School Nutrition staff in the elementary schools provide and deliver food to the individual classrooms at no cost. Breakfast is offered to all elementary students, but it is the student's choice whether or not to participate. To ensure optimum temperature and freshness, the food items are transported in insulated cooler bags. Breakfast and lunch is served at no cost to all elementary-aged students because of a federal grant. 

All elementary students (Pre-K through Grade 5) receive breakfast and lunch meals at no cost because of a federal grant.


We are proud that our school cafeterias consistently achieve high health inspection scores. To see a list, click School Cafeteria Health ScoresDid you know that health scores are based not only on the kitchen area, but also common areas that are close in proximity to the cafeteria like the bathrooms and dumpsters? School Nutrition Services would like to thank the custodial staff who provide assistance in these areas. The cafeterias are now being inspected by the newly adopted FDA 2009 Food Code. Managers no longer receive 2 bonus points for having a recognized food safety certification. 



Elementary Schools, Darden Middle School and Daniels Learning Center: 
Due to the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), all students receive breakfast and lunch meals at "no cost".

Middle and High Schools:
- Students in grades 6th -12th will not be allowed to charge for meals.
- If a student does not have the funds to pay for a meal (breakfast or lunch) an alternate meal will be offered.

Alternate Meal:
- At breakfast, the alternate meal will consist of fresh fruit or fruit cup, milk and juice.
- At lunch, the alternate meal will consist of cheese sandwich, milk, choice of fruit and/or vegetable. French fries will not be a vegetable choice for the alternate lunch. 
- Since the alternate meal is not considered reimbursable, the student will be charged a unit a la carte price.

MEAL PRICES for 2018-2019
All Elementary (Pre-K-5th grade)

     Breakfast: at "no cost"

     Lunch:  at "no cost"

Darden Middle School

     Breakfast: at "no cost"

     Lunch:  at "no cost"

Daniels Learning Center

     Breakfast: at "no cost"

     Lunch:  at "no cost"

Other Middle & High School (6th - 12th grade)

     Breakfast:  Reduced Status = .30 cents

                      Paid Status = $1.25

     Lunch:       Reduced Status = .40 cents

                       Paid Status = $2.60


Adult Meals: A la carte

Elementary A La Carte Prices

Middle A La Carte Prices

High A La Carte Prices



Click here to make a meal payment online

Press Release Online Meal Payments

FAQ for Online Meal Payments



Diet Order Form in English and Spanish

Milk Substitution Form in English and Spanish



Student Wellness Policy 


The School Nutrition Program follows USDA guidelines. The USDA provides reimbursement for student meal participation, USDA commodity foods received (about 20% of foods used) and revenue from supplemental sales. The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


Cindy Bailey, Director

(252) 399-7845


Ann Barfield, Supervisor (Middle & High Schools)
(252) 399-7846


Patricia Hart, Supervisor (Elementary Schools)
(252) 399-7848 


Amber Sharp, Bookkeeper
(252) 399-7847


Cynthia Wilson, Training Specialist
(252) 399-7849


To see a list of Cafeteria Managers, click here.