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Free and Reduced School Meals

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2023-2024 Free and Reduced Applications

Children need healthy meals to learn. Dare County Schools offers healthy meals every school day. Breakfast costs $1.23; lunch costs $2.75 in elementary and $3.00 in middle and high schools. To avoid meal charges, please complete and submit an application as soon as possible.

Free and reduced meal applications for the 2023-2024 school year are now available. A new application is required for the new school year. Some households will be notified by letter of automatic approval for free school meals based on Food and Nutrition Services (FNS, formerly Food Stamp) or TANF benefits. If notified, no application is required.Your student may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals. 

Apply Online is an easy, secure, and convenient way to apply for free or reduced meals. It provides access 24 hours a day for parents to apply for school meal benefits. This service is made available free of charge by the district. To apply, simply go to and click “Apply Now.” Meal applications assist with so much more than meals. Additional benefits may include: AP Test reduced fee, Internet Access, and School Funding.

Download a Paper Application

If you would like to apply using a paper application, click the links below or contact contact Director of School Nutrition, Kelleta Govan at (252) 480-8888 extension: 1921. Once completed, return your application directly to: 

Dare County Schools
Attention: School Nutrition
P.O. Box 1508
3020 S. Wrightsville Avenue
Nags Head, NC 27959

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