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About Us

Welcome to School Nutrition Services

We Engage, Inspire, and Empower because learning and good nutrition go hand in hand!

Our team of School Nutrition professionals look forward to serving our students.  We are dedicated to students' health, well-being, and their ability to learn.  Good nutrition is an integral part of the students academic success.  School Nutrition Services support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices.  Our mission is to provide students and staff nutritious, affordable and appealing meals consisting of a variety of healthy choices and served in a safe and sanitary environment.

School cafeterias are open daily for breakfast and lunch.  In Catawba County we serve over 15,000 meals per day and our menus are developed with students in mind.  Our students participate in product testing and food samplings to ensure that school menus are student centered.

Meals, foods and beverages sold or served at schools meet state and federal requirements which are based on the United States Department of Agriculture Dietary Guidelines.  Our program provides students with access to a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, quality and appealing foods that meet their health and nutrition needs.  To learn more about the federal nutrition standards and School Nutrition Programs, please click here.


The following schools currently offer Universal Free Breakfast to all students for school year 2019-2020:

HM Arndt Middle School

Balls Creek Elementary School

Banoak Elementary School

Blackburn Elementary School

Bunker Hill High School

Catawba Rosenwald School

Catawba Elementary School

Claremont Elementary School

Clyde Campbell Elementary School

Lyle Creek Elementary School

Maiden Elementary School

Mountain View Elementary School

Oxford Elementary School

River Bend Middle School

Snow Creek Elementary

St. Stephens Elementary School

Startown Elementary School

Webb A Murray Elementary School



You may apply for Free/Reduced meals online. Go to www.lunchapplication.com -- This is a safe and secure website. Paper applications will not longer be sent home with your child. If you have any questions, please contact your school cafeteria manager.

If your child was receiving meal benefits in a Catawba County School at the end of the 18-19 school year you will need to reapply by the following date to avoid a lapse in benefits:

Challenger students - September 17, 2019

All other students - October 7, 2019

If you do not reapply by the dates listed above you will be responsible for paying full price for your child's meals.