Welcome to Lenoir County Public Schools Nutrition Services!
Good nutrition and learning go hand in hand.
The Nutrition Services department is made up of a team of food and nutrition professionals that are dedicated to students' health, well being and their ability to learn. We support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices.
Meals, foods and beverages sold or served at schools meet state and federal requirements which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. We provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.
Good nutrition is as important to success at school as paying attention in class. Hungry children are going to be preoccupied with their hunger, not focused on listening to the teacher or taking a test. LCPS is committed to limiting the impact of hunger and poor nutrition as much as possible in Lenoir County through innovative programs that operate both during the school year and during the summer.
In August 2014, LCPS quit charging students for breakfast and lunch -- the first school district in North Carolina to avail itself of new USDA reimbursement policies that made these no-cost meals possible. The new system has several advantages beyond saving parents money -- a lot less paperwork both at home and at school, the elimination of the stigma associated with the former free and reduced-price meals, and improved efficiency in the serving line -- but the greatest advantage lies in the greater numbers. More students are eating breakfast and lunch at school -- participation is up 25 to 30 percent under the no-cost program -- and more students are going to class prepared to learn.
All meals served in our cafeterias are prepared according to the high standards established under the USDA's Federal School Nutrition Program. A premium is put on nutritional value, which extends to the healthy snacks students can purchase from the a la carte menu.
Summer Feeding Program
LCPS will continue operating under the Summer Feeding Program as of September 1st, 2020. These meals will be available for any youth 18 and under.
Starting September 28,2020 LCPS will provide a FREE Breakfast and Lunch to onsite students during their assigned lunch times. Each school will also have FREE Breakfast and Lunch available for curbside pickup starting immediately after the school lunch services for students who are remote or hybrid. Meal pickup will be for 30 minutes at each site. On Wednesdays all schools will be curbside from 10:30-1PM. During this time parents may pick up a breakfast and lunch for their child.
Summer Feeding Program is also a Federally Assisted Meal Program. It provides nutritionally balanced, free meals each day to children in Lenoir County.