Students attending Jackson County Public Schools will have an opportunity to pick up prepackaged meals during two remote instruction weeks beginning August 31. School Nutrition Director Laura Cabe shared details of the plan with the Jackson County Board of Education at their regular business session on August 25.
Unlike the emergency feeding program during the spring and summer that provided funding so meals could be offered to any child in Jackson County, the current plan will only serve students who are enrolled in Jackson County Public Schools.
Breakfast and lunch will be available for pick-up at six schools and 18 distribution sites. A list of pick-up locations is available on the district website at www.jcpsnc.org/meals. Meal delivery cannot be provided.
Breakfast is free for all students, but only students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals will receive lunch at no cost. The cost of lunch for students who are not eligible for free or reduced-price meals due to household size and income is $2.55 for grades PreK-3, $2.70 for grades 4-8 and $2.80 for grades 9-12.
Cabe said families who previously qualified for free or reduced-price meals need to reapply for the benefit, because their eligibility expires on September 28. She encouraged all families regardless of income to complete the application at www.lunchapplication.com. A paper application is available upon request.
Neither cash nor checks will be accepted at the pick-up locations. Families who do not qualify for free or reduced-price lunches and need to add money to a student’s meal account, can do so at www.lunchprepay.com.
For more information, contact the Jackson County School Nutrition Program at (828) 586-2311 extension 1936.