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School Nutrition

Our Mission 

The mission of School Nutrition Services is to provide a nutritionally adequate, moderately priced breakfast and lunch in every Dare County School. We believe that when our students have access to healthy foods, they are better learners and become happy children. 


Kelleta Govan
School Nutrition Director
(252) 480-8888 extension: 1921

Dare County Schools Nutrition Program

Learn more about the delicious and healthy menus offered in Dare County Schools!
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Electronic Free or Reduced Lunch Application

If you would like to complete a paper version of the Free and Reduced Meal Application, please click one of the links below or contact your child's school to request a copy. 

English Lunch Application

Spanish Lunch Application

Prepay for School Meals Online

Through, parents can:

  • Make meal payments on the Internet using their credit or debit card
  • Check meal account balances
  • Get low balance alerts by email
  • See what item their student purchases

To set up an account, you will need each child’s student number. The number is typically found on report cards to the right of the student’s name.  Transactions may take 24 to 48 hours to post.  If you need assistance with a student number or have questions, contact school nutrition at (252) 480-8888.

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We are hiring graphic for cafeteria workers and substitutes

Cafeteria substitutes are needed - Apply Today!

To apply, visit the Dare County Schools Job Board. Hours and locations vary daily. Starting pay is $15/hour. The work schedules are family friendly.  Working as a substitute may lead to part-time regular daily employment at a higher rate of pay. Apply now to pursue these opportunities! Contact Kelleta Govan 252-480-8888 x 1921 if you have questions.

School Nutrition News: Culinary Institute

North Carolina K-12 Culinary Institute Graduates become Chef Ambassadors

Dare County School nutrition managers pictured with chef, Andy Montero.

In July 2019, North Carolina K-12 Culinary Institute graduates become chef ambassadors prepared to teach other school nutrition professionals at the local school level. The workshop was at Pasquotank High School in Elizabeth City. Dare County School was represented by three school nutrition managers, (from left) Laura Pitetti (Cape Hatteras Elementary), Nancy O’Brien (Nags Head Elementary), Chef Andy Montero, Chef & Owner Montero's Restaurant, and Lisa Barnes (Kitty Hawk Elementary). All of the participants are expected to teach it forward to other school nutrition team members.