Eligibility is determined either through Direct Certification or by application. Direct certification is the process under which Local Education Agency’s (LEA) certify children who are members of households receiving assistance under the Food Stamp program, Cash Assistance (formerly TANF), or FDPIR as eligible for free school meals, without further application, based on information provided by the state/local agency administering those programs. The Child Nutrition Office will complete this process and eligible students will be notified by letter through the US postal service.
Applications will be available early August at each high school, Wilkes County Schools Central Office, or the Child Nutrition Office. Applications will be accepted throughout the school year. Eligibility starts once the application is processed and is not retroactive. Payment for meal service is expected prior to application processing. The Child Nutrition office will notify eligible students by letter through the US Postal Service.
For students not meeting the eligibility guidelines for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program, payment is required for meal service. Wilkes County schools participates in the lunch pre-payment system. This system gives 24-hour access to student meal accounts where you can make payments, view purchases, and monitor balances.