2024-2025 Child Nutrition Program Updates

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Henderson County Public Schools (HCPS) remains steadfast in its commitment to providing all students with access to wholesome meals throughout their school day. As we gear up for the 2024-2025 academic year, here are some important updates regarding our Child Nutrition Program that you should be aware of:

Universal Breakfast Continues:

HCPS will continue to provide Universal Breakfast throughout the upcoming school year across all 23 schools in our district, ensuring that every student has the opportunity to start their day with a nutritious breakfast, free of charge and without any questions or forms.

No-cost lunches will be available at Eight Eligible Schools:

In alignment with the Federal Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), eight schools in our district qualify to receive lunch at no cost, eliminating the need for additional forms or applications. All students attending the following schools will enjoy nutritious lunches without any cost:

    • Bruce Drysdale Elementary
    • Clear Creek Elementary
    • Dana Elementary
    • Edneyville Elementary
    • Henderson County Career Academy
    • Hillandale Elementary
    • Sugarloaf Elementary
    • Upward Elementary

Changes to the School Lunch Program:

For parents and guardians of students attending any one of the fifteen schools below, it’s important to note changes to the School Lunch Program for the upcoming academic year.

To ensure seamless access to meal benefits, parents and guardians of students in these schools will need to complete the 2024-2025 Online Meal Benefit Application Form or arrange for lunch payments for their children:

    • Atkinson Elementary
    • Etowah Elementary
    • Fletcher Elementary
    • Glenn C. Marlow Elementary
    • Hendersonville Elementary
    • Mills River Elementary
    • Apple Valley Middle School
    • Flat Rock Middle School
    • Hendersonville Middle School
    • Rugby Middle School
    • Henderson County Early College
    • East Henderson High School
    • Hendersonville High School
    • North Henderson High School
    • West Henderson High School

Apply Starting July 1st:

All families with children in one of these 15 schools are encouraged to visit www.lunchapplication.com starting July 1, 2024 to see if your household qualifies for free meal benefits. Paper applications are also available at each school, but filling it out online results in faster processing of your application.

Meal Pricing:

In an effort to make this transition as painless as possible, lunch prices are not increasing.

School
Cost of Lunch
Elementary School
$3.50
Middle School & High School
$3.75
Middle School & High School Mega Meal
$4.00

Lunch Payment Options:

HCPS families are highly encouraged to take advantage of the “prepay” option for their children’s meals. Having a prepaid meal account helps the daily lunch lines move faster and it gives students more time to eat and relax with their friends.

Online payments are a simple, safe, and secure way to make payments for students’ meals, and it’s accessible 24 hours a day. You can easily set up and/or manage your online account at K12PaymentCenter.com

For more information, please contact the HCPS Child Nutrition Department at 828-891-6310.