Free & Reduced Priced Meal Application & Online Payment Information
Cherokee County School Nutrition Program accepts free and reduced meal applications throughout the entire school year. For faster processing, please access our ONLINE application at www.lunchapplication.com (English and Spanish version). The online application will be submitted via our secure website for review and approval at the district level, eliminating the worry of a lost or misplaced paper application.
Paper applications are available in the front office of your child’s school or they can be downloaded and printed at http://cherokeek12.net/forms in either English or Spanish. Paper applications should be turned in to your child’s School Nutrition Manager. Information provided on the application is kept confidential and student identification is protected through the computer software in the cafeteria.
· One application per family, please include all children and family members in the household . You do not have to complete an application for each student.
· If you complete an online application, you do not have to complete a paper application.
· Please ensure that your child has money in his/her meal account until you receive notice that your application has been approved. Any charges made on an account prior to application approval remain the responsibility of the parent/guardian.
· Notification letters of eligibility will be sent via the primary email address listed on your student’s school registration — please check SPAM folders. If an email address is not available, letters of eligibility will be sent home from your child’s School Nutrition Manager.
· For online applications, you will receive a confirmation number after you have submitted all necessary information. The confirmation number confirms that the application was submitted for review only, an official notification of approved eligibility will be sent after review.
New Online Payment Information for Student Meals
Go to https://www.k12paymentcenter.com/ to enroll your students in our NEW online payment program. There is a 4.75% convenience fee per transaction.
You can make deposits to multiple student accounts with one single payment, set up recurring payments for monthly or weekly deposits and see your student’s balance at any time.
Register today! (To register for a new account, you will need your student’s school ID number. If you do not have this number you may obtain it from your student’s school.)
Cherokee County School Nutrition Charge Policy
Charging breakfast and/or lunch is for emergencies only and should not be considered as a choice on a routine basis.
Meal Charge Procedure and Substitute Meal
Elementary School Students ‐ The procedure for elementary students without adequate funds to purchase school meals allows them to charge up to two (2) days of meals. If students use K12PaymentCenter.com, they need to notify the cashier who will allow the student to charge the meal. Students who have charged two days of meals and do not have the means to pay for meals will be offered a substitute meal. The cost of a substitute meal is 75 cents and consists of a sandwich, juice or milk and one serving of fruit or vegetable.
Middle School Students –The procedure for middle school students without adequate funds to purchase school meals allow them to charge one (1) day of meals. If students use K12PaymentCenter.com, , they need to notify the cashier who will allow the student to charge the meal. Students who have charged one day of meals will be offered a substitute meal. The cost of a substitute meal is 75 cents and consists of a cheese sandwich, juice or milk and one serving of fruit or vegetable.
High School Students – High school students who do not have adequate funds to purchase school meals will not be allowed to charge a regular meal. Students will be offered a substitute meal. The cost of a substitute meal is 75 cents and consists of a cheese sandwich, juice or milk and one serving of fruit or vegetable. Students may charge up to two substitute meals. If students use K12PaymentCenter.com, they need to notify the cashier who will allow the student to charge the meal.
Students who owe for charges are not allowed to purchase supplemental sale items.
Supplemental sale items cannot be charged. The signed parental permission form must be on file if a student is not allowed to a purchase supplemental sale items from their account.
To prevent your child from being offered a substitute meal, please provide money for your student’s meals each day or prepay for meals in advance. To assist parents, student account balances can be monitored at any time via our online payment program (https://K12PaymentCenter.com). This service can be used regardless of whether you use the online funding option (a service fee is charged) or send cash or checks directly to the school. Create an account for each student, then throughout the year monitor the student meal account balance (or fund their account). Add your student(s) by entering their student ID# and selecting their school. The account balance displays in the middle of the screen. We highly recommend that you set a Low Balance Alert ($10 or higher is suggested) using the links on the page to receive an email reminder when funds are low.
During the month of May, students who owe $5 or more will not be allowed to charge meals and will receive a substitute meal (the cost is 75 cents).
School cafeterias make every effort to inform students and parents when funds are low by sending home notices via students, verbal reminders to students, telephone calls and/or emails.
Parents are responsible to ensure that children have an adequate lunch from home or sufficient funds to purchase school meals.