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Important Information regarding school meals for 2022-2023

For the past two years, Congress allowed the United States Department of Agriculture to grant waivers allowing all students to eat for free. These waivers were granted to reduce barriers that school nutrition programs would have ensured all students had access to nutritious meals, regardless of their family financial situation. A requested extension of the pandemic relief funds was not included in a spending bill approved by the U.S. Congress earlier this year which means the free meal waivers will expire.  This means that starting in August of 2022, we will return to pre-pandemic operations.
Breakfast and lunch prices for students will be as follows for the 2022-2023 school year

Breakfast Prices

  • Full Price Student $1.40
  • Reduced Price Student $0.30
  • Adult Price $2.75

Lunch Prices

  • Full Price Student $2.25
  • Reduced Price Student $0.40
  • Adult Price $4.25
How to see if a student(s) will qualify:
  • Complete an application online at
  • Paper applications can be obtained online or at each school.
  • Once your application is received by Nutrition Services, it may take 10 days to  process the application. (Online applications are processed more quickly)
If a child attends a Charleston County CEP school, parents will not need to complete a free/reduced application. All students at schools designated as a CEP school receive meals at no cost.
CEP Schools

Families completing a free/reduced meal application for a child attending a non-CEP school and a CEP School will need to include information on their children attending the CEP school on the application if this applies.

All families at NON-CEP schools must complete a new Free and Reduced Meals Application to determine if your student qualifies for these benefits. Please note that all children starting kindergarten are considered full pay.

Families may apply online starting July 1st.

The Charleston County School District Nutrition Services is here to assist all families during this transition. If you need any assistance or have any questions, please call 843-746-1375.

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

 Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture; Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights; 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; Fax: (833)256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; Email: This institution is an equal opportunity provider.