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Accurate Count Needed for Free and Reduced Meals
Accurate Count Needed for Free and Reduced Meals
Posted on 11/19/2020
BCS Nutrition Department logoFrom the BCS Nutrition Department and the BCS Communications Department

We are asking all parents who think they may qualify for the federal free and reduced meals program to fill out the application form today!

While our school meals are currently being offered at no cost, we know that this won’t always be the case. It’s so important that our school system be able to accurately report how many families qualify for this program. Not only can it help families ease the burden of paying for school meals, but this data is used for other important programs including: possible issuance of additional state EBT benefits available to families this year, possible new COVID-19 relief funds, allotment of funds for certain technology discounts or literacy support programs, waivers of fees to take the ACT and other tests, and use by BCS for academic performance measures.

The best way to apply for this important program is online. Please visit to do so. You must act soon! This window for data collection ends on December 1. If your family has already filled out an application and been approved this school year, you don’t need to apply again. Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this application, and please know that any information you provide will remain anonymous.

Buncombe County Schools is in the process of reviewing its website to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Buncombe County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs or activities and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and federal regulations to not discriminate in such a manner. This requirement extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its implementing federal regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator and/or the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. The Title IX Coordinator's contact information is: Shanon Martin,, 828-255-5918, 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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