Meal Applications

Turn in Applications to:

School Nutrition Services Department

407 N Main Street
Suite 100
Monroe, NC 28112

Meal Applications


Applications for the free and reduced meal program will now be accepted online at:

Signing up for the program is simple:

  • Make sure you have your student's ID number
  • Make sure you have income information for everyone in your household 
  • Your session will timeout after 20 minutes of inactivity
  • If your session times out, you will need to use a different email address to create a new user ID and password to begin a new session
  • Your application is complete only when you electronically sign the application
  • Your application will be sent from the secure website directly to UCPS
  • You will receive a determination letter after your application has been processed

Note: Computers or laptops will be available at UCPS School Nutrition Services (407 North Main Street, Suite 100, Monroe NC 28112) AND all UCPS school front offices for you to complete an online application. Please note that a limited number of paper applications will also be available at your child's school.  

Your child is eligible for free meals through the USDA's Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program if they attend one of the following schools:

Walter Bickett Elementary, Walter Bickett Education Center, East Elementary, Benton Heights Elementary, Marshville Elementary, Wingate Elementary, Rock Rest Elementary, and Monroe Middle

Students at the above schools DO NOT have to fill out an application. However, if they have a sibling who attends a school that is not included in the CEP program, an application must be filled out for the sibling and should also include information about the student who attends any of the eight CEP schools listed above. 


Paper Application

Free/Reduced Lunch applications are available at any school cafeteria or at the School Nutrition office

  • Use only one application per household.*
  • Turn original application into any school cafeteria or the School Nutrition office.
  • Copies and/or faxes cannot be accepted.  Incomplete applications will be returned.

Once the application has been processed, you will receive a notification letter stating your approval or denial status. If you qualify, you will begin receiving benefits once the school has been notified of your child’s eligibility. Any charges that your child makes before you receive notification of their eligibility will be your responsibility to payIf you do not receive a letter showing your application has been processed, it is your responsibility to call the School Nutrition office. Please keep your approval letter for future reference.  

**If your student is eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch prices, they will also be able to receive a free breakfast each morning as well.    

If you have any questions or need any help in filling out the application, please contact School Nutrition Services at:

               Phone Number - 704-296-3000.  
               Address - 407 N. Main Street
                                  Suite 100
                              Monroe, NC 28112

*Only complete one application per family. The information you give will be used to determine or prove your child's eligibility for free or reduced-priced meals. This information may also be used for other state or federally funded school benefits. 

Factors considered in the application process are the household size and total household income. HOUSEHOLD SIZE is considered all persons, related or unrelated: Including parents, children, grandparents who live in your home and share living expenses. The TOTAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME is the income each household member received last month before taxes - this includes wages, social security, pension, unemployment, welfare, child support, alimony, and any other cash income.

Foster children are categorically eligible for free meal benefits. An application is not needed yet there does need to be documentation of status by a state or local entity familiar with the child's status. Foster children may be included in the household application as part of the household size.