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    Gretchen Wilson, SNS

    Director of School Nutrition Services

    General Information


    July 22, 2021

    School Nutrition Updates for the 2021-2022 School Year
    Pitt County Schools Nutrition Services will be offering both Breakfast and Lunch at no cost to our students for the 2021-2022 school year. Breakfast and Lunch are free due to PCS accepting a waiver from USDA to provide meals under the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) instead of the National School Breakfast and Lunch meal program. The Seamless Summer Option is offered to us from USDA for this school year only. We expect to resume operation under the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program for the 2022-2023 school year. Meal Payment will then be expected by each student that is determined to be categorically Reduced or Paid status.
    Free & Reduced Meal applications are still available. Completed applications are needed so the student will receive a meal status in order to be provided opportunities for other resources to the student, their families and the school system. You may apply for meals at any time during the school year. Applications will be available at each non-CEP school, the PCS website and at the Board of Education building. 
    Even though all PCS students will receive free meals for the 2021-2022 school year, it is necessary for students that attend a non-CEP school to have an updated 2021-2022 Free & Reduced meal application completed and approved by the School Nutrition office. Beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 5, students that have not received an approval letter from the School Nutrition office will have a denied meal status. They will continue to eat free but these students may not be eligible for any government assisted programs such as Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT).
    We appreciate the opportunity to provide a well-balanced meal to our customers each and every school day. Please call the School Nutrition Office at 252-830-4226 with any questions.
    On-line Payment Option
    We have upgraded to a new on-line payment system called PaySchools Central. It has replaced Pay For It.  You may pay for meals on-line at www.payschoolscentral.com.
    PaySchools Central Support Line - (877) 393-6628


    After School Snack Program Agreement and Procedures  (For Principals & Administrative Use Only)


    PCS Meal Charge Policy


    PCS Student Wellness Policy


    PaySchools Central Online Meal Payment Instructions


    PaySchools Central Online Payment




    Healthy-Hunger Free Kid Act of 2010


    On December 13, 2010, President Obama signed into law Public Law 111-296 the Healthy-Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010.  This legislation marks the most comprehensive changes to school nutrition in more than a generation.  The new standards reflect the most current dietary science and are designed to combat childhood obesity & childhood hunger.  Goals of the new legislation are to ensure students are offered both fruits and vegetables every day of the week; increase offerings of whole grain-rich foods; offer only fat-free or low-fat milk varieties; limit calories based on the age of the children being served to ensure proper portion size; and to increase the focus on reducing the amounts of saturated fats, trans fatsa nd sodium.  Implementation of the key changes will be phased in over a three year period, with final changes for sodium targets phased in later years. 


    School Breakfast


    All of the 38 schools in Pitt County prepare breakfast for their students each morning.  Breakfast is served in the cafeteria and in some cases, the classroom.  Studies have shown numerous positive outcomes when students eat breakfast such as improved attendance, behavior, and test scores.  School Nutrition Services is dedicated to giving students a nutritious start to their day!


    School Lunch

    All 38 schools in Pitt County provide lunch to their students each day.  This meal offers the student various choices and is specifically developed to meet one-third of the daily nutrient requirements for children.  School lunch is less expensive and more nutritious than most meals packed from home or fast food restaurants. 


    USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program                                                                                                          

    Belvoir Elementary, Bethel School, and Northwest Elementary School have been awarded USDA Fresh Fruit & Vegetable grants.   Every student at these schools will receive a snack size portion of fresh fruit or fresh vegetable several times a week in their classroom.  Students will also receive a short nutrition lesson as they enjoy the fresh snack.  


    Taste Explorer Club                                                                                                         

    The Taste Explorers Club is a nutritional education program that introduces participating elementary students to new and healthier food choices each month. Students learn about the food item in their classroom and have samples of it to try. The following day the featured Taste Explorer item is offered in the cafeteria as one of the meal choices for all students in grades Pre-K through 12.



    School Nutrition is responsible for all vending in Pitt County Schools.  Healthy snack options are provided for everyone to choose from.



    School Nutrition Services caters school functions such as faculty meetings, dinners, and banquets.  Individual meals, a buffet, or a variety of snacks and appetizers may be requested.  


    Summer Food Service Program

    The Summer Food Service Program was established by USDA to ensure that children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.  In this program, free, nutritious meals are provided to all children in areas where there are a high number of needy children. Children up to the age of 18 may participate at any Summer Food Service site.


    After School

    Pitt County School Nutrition Services works with principals and the Community Schools Program to provide snacks for children attending their After School Programs.  These programs allow time for the students to complete homework assignments and participate in various activities with their classmates.  Parents who cannot be at home with their child after school often choose this program as a safe and healthy option.  


    Day Care Meals

    Several day care centers and Headstart Programs receive meals from school cafeterias across Pitt County.  School Nutrition Services enters into a catering contract to supply healthy meal options that reflect the same high nutrition standards as meals served in our schools.   


    Juvenile Detention Meals

    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the children at the Juvenile Detention Center are prepared at Wellcome Middle School.  These meals meet the nutritional requirements for the age group being served.


    East Carolina Dietetic Internship

    Dietetic interns from East Carolina University complete their food service management rotation working with the staff in School Nutrition Services.  Interns are given the opportunity to learn about and participate in the various activities taking place within the schools and programs in the organization.




    In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

    To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

    (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

    (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

    (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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