School Nutrition Frequently Asked Questions

  • Modified Diets

    What do I do if my child has diet restrictions?

    Have the child’s doctor write the specific diet order that is to be followed. Provide the information to the school nurse and School Nutrition Manager (SNM) at the school. The SNM will work with our Registered Dietitian to make any menu modifications or special orders that may be required.  The parents will be contacted if further information is needed.

    New Meal Pattern

    Why is my child asked to take extra items if he/she doesn’t plan to eat them?

    Students must choose three of four items offered at breakfast and three of five items offered at lunch for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to consider it a complete meal. The USDA requires a complete meal be taken in order for School Nutrition Services to receive reimbursement. It is also important for children to take a full meal in order to meet recommended nutrient needs. 

    Free and Reduced

    
Do I need to fill out  an application for each child in my household?

    NO. Complete one application for all students and other family members living in your household.

    Is my foster child included on the same application with the rest of my children?

    YES. Foster children should be included on the same application with the rest of your children and family members living in your household.

    If I don’t 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 getting Food Stamps, TANF or other benefits.

    Who should I include as members of my household?

    You should include yourself, your biological and foster children, and all other individuals living in your household, related or not (grandparents, relatives, or friends).

    What do I do with the application for free and reduced meals once it is completed?

    You may return completed applications to the school office or the School Nutrition office for faster processing. The application can be dropped off or mailed to:

    Durham Public Schools
    School Nutrition Services
    808 Bacon Street
    Durham, NC 27703

    We are required to receive the original application for processing. We cannot accept applications by phone or fax.

    I completed an application last year and was approved for benefits. Do I have to fill out another application?

    YES. The federal government requires a new application to be completed at the start of each new school year.

    Why is my child asked to take extra items if he/she doesn’t plan to eat them?

    Students must choose three of four items offered at breakfast and three of five items offered at lunch for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to consider it a complete meal. The USDA requires a complete meal be taken in order for School Nutrition Services to receive reimbursement. It is also important for children to take a full meal in order to meet recommended nutrient needs.