Good nutrition is as important to success at school as paying attention in class. Hungry children are going to be preoccupied with their hunger, not focused on listening to the teacher or taking a test. LCPS is committed to limiting the impact of hunger and poor nutrition as much as possible in Lenoir County through innovative programs that operate both during the school year and during the summer.
In August 2014, LCPS quit charging students for breakfast and lunch — the first school district in North Carolina to avail itself of new USDA reimbursement policies that made these no-cost meals possible. The new system has several advantages beyond saving parents money — a lot less paperwork both at home and at school, the elimination of the stigma associated with the former free and reduced-price meals, and improved efficiency in the serving line — but the greatest advantage lies in the greater numbers. More students are eating breakfast and lunch at school — participation is up 25 to 30 percent under the no-cost program — and more students are going to class prepared to learn.
All meals served in our cafeterias are prepared according to the high standards established under the USDA’s Federal School Nutrition Program. A premium is put on nutritional value, which extends to the healthy snacks students can purchase from the a la carte menu.
Summer Food Service
In the summer, LCPS provides more than 40,000 free breakfast and lunches to Lenoir County youngsters at school cafeteria sites and by delivering lunches to public housing complexes in Kinston.
Cafeteria sites serve LCPS students involved in our summer academic camps and children taking part in summer day camp programs sponsored by local agencies. (Youth groups interested in participating can get information by calling 252-527-1109.) Deliveries go to youth in Carver Courts, Simon Bright, Mitchell Wooten and Jack Rountree complexes Monday through Thursday. The programs begin in mid-June.
Summer Food Service is also a Federal School Nutrition Program.