Department of Defense Education Activity

Free Meals Information

School meals served during SY21-22 are free to all students in accordance with USDA guidance.  Please disregard any regular meal prices listed below. School Meals Program personnel are working to update content as it becomes available. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

Your Community School Meals Program


The DoDEA Americas School Meals Program is dedicated to building student health and academic achievement in our communities. Daily access to nutritious foods is the foundation for students to reach their full potential.

  • Our program provides parents convenience and reduces stress by providing budget friendly meals that are nutritious, too!
  • Our program is a participant of the USDA National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program ensuring the high standards of nutrition of served to your student.

Farm to School Program Growing and Growing!

Camp Lejeune is procuring fresh garden produce harvested across the state through a partnership with the NC Department of Agriculture and the Department of Defense Merchandising Office. Through this program, students can look forward to North Carolina grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Through an initiative with the USDA, students will enjoy a variety of seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables.

Meal Prices Full Price Reduced Price
Student Breakfast $1.45 $0.40
Student Lunch    
  • Grades PreK - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12




Second Lunches

Only one lunch per child will be served at the advertised prices. Second lunches will be purchased at A La Carte prices.

A La Carte Items Price
Lunch Entrée $1.65
Milk $ .40
Fruit $ .65
Juice $ .45
Toast x2 $ .40 ($0.20 each)
Grilled Cheese $1.65
Yogurt $ .70
Cereal, Bowl $ .70
Breakfast Pizza/Bagel $1.05
Oatmeal/Grits $ .65
Pancakes/French Toast Sticks $ .80
Water (Leu Blu) 20 oz. $1.05
Water 8 oz. $ .80
Scrambled Eggs $ .80
Breakfast Muffins $ .65
Pop Tart (1 ct.) $ .55
Pop Tart (2 ct.) $ .85
Biscuit $ .40

A La Carte items cannot be purchased if there are outstanding charges on the student's account.

Dropped Tray: The student will be given another tray at no charge.

Adult Meal Pricing

Breakfast and lunch are offered to adults at the A La Carte prices.

Entrees that have 2 or more items will not be divided. Example: Soup and Sandwich will be $2.00 even if you do not want both.

Mid-Atlantic District

School Meals Program

District Food Services Director

Phone: 910-907-0565

Camp Lejeune Schools

School Meals Program

Phone: (910) 451-2447

Heroes ES

Heather Leland

School Meals Program

Phone: (910) 449-8000

Free and Reduced Meals Program

Children need healthy meals to learn. DoDEA Schools offer healthy meals every school day. Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals. The forms to the right include an application for free or reduced price meal benefits, and a set of detailed instructions. Below are some common questions and answers to help you with the application process.

Who can get free or reduced price meals?

  • All children in households receiving benefits from a State SNAP, Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) or State TANF, are eligible for free meals.
  • Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals.
  • Children participating in their school’s Head Start program are eligible for free meals.
  • Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant are eligible for free meals.

Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines

Children may receive free or reduced price meals if your household’s income is within the limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines. Your children may qualify for free or reduced price meals if your household income falls at or below the limits on this chart.

For School Year July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021
  Free Meals Reduced Meals
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Mid-Atlantic District

School Meals Program

District Food Services Director

Phone: 910-907-0565

Camp Lejeune Schools

School Meals Program

Phone: (910) 451-2447

Heroes ES

Heather Leland

School Meals Program

Phone: (910) 449-8000

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILDREN QUALIFY AS homeless, MIGRANT, OR RUNAWAY? Do the members of your household lack a permanent address? Are you staying together in a shelter, hotel, or other temporary housing arrangement? Does your family relocate on a seasonal basis? Are any children living with you who have chosen to leave their prior family or household? If you believe children in your household meet these descriptions and haven’t been told your children will get free meals, please call or e-mail [school, homeless liaison or migrant coordinator].

Do I need to fill out an application for each child? No. Use one Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application for all students in your household. We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information. Return the completed application to: [name, address, phone number].

SHOULD I FILL OUT AN APPLICATION IF I RECEIVED A LETTER THIS SCHOOL YEAR SAYING MY CHILDREN ARE ALREADY APPROVED FOR FREE MEALS? No, but please read the letter you got carefully and follow the instructions. If any children in your household were missing from your eligibility notification, contact [name, address, phone number, e-mail] immediately.

CAN I APPLY ONLINE? Yes! You are encouraged to complete an online application instead of a paper application if you are able. The online application has the same requirements and will ask you for the same information as the paper application. Visit [website] to begin or to learn more about the online application process. Contact [name, address, phone number, e-mail] if you have any questions about the online application.

MY CHILD’S APPLICATION WAS APPROVED LAST YEAR. DO I NEED TO FILL OUT A NEW ONE? Yes. Your child’s application is only good for that school year and for the first few days of this school year, through [date]. You must send in a new application unless the school told you that your child is eligible for the new school year. If you do not send in a new application that is approved by the school or you have not been notified that your child is eligible for free meals , your child will be charged the full price for meals.

I GET WIC. CAN MY CHILDREN GET FREE MEALS? Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced price meals. Please send in an application.

Will the information I give be checked? Yes. We may also ask you to send written proof of the household income you report.

If I don’t qualify now, may I apply later? Yes, you may apply at any time during the school year. For example, children with a parent or guardian who becomes unemployed may become eligible for free and reduced price meals if the household income drops below the income limit.

What if I disagree with the school’s decision about my application? You should talk to school officials. You also may ask for a hearing by calling or writing to: [name, address, phone number, e-mail].

May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen? Yes. You, your children, or other household members do not have to be U.S. citizens to apply for free or reduced price meals.

What if my income is not always the same? List the amount that you normally receive. For example, if you normally make $1000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only made $900, put down that you made $1000 per month. If you normally get overtime, include it, but do not include it if you only work overtime sometimes. If you have lost a job or had your hours or wages reduced, use your current income.

WHAT IF SOME HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS HAVE NO INCOME TO REPORT? Household members may not receive some types of income we ask you to report on the application, or may not receive income at all. Whenever this happens, please write a 0 in the field. However, if any income fields are left empty or blank, those will also be counted as zeroes. Please be careful when leaving income fields blank, as we will assume you meant to do so.

We are in the military. do we REPORT OUR INCOME DIFFERENTLY? Your basic pay and cash bonuses must be reported as income. If you get any cash value allowances for off-base housing, food, or clothing, it must also be included as income. However, if your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance as income. Any additional combat pay resulting from deployment is also excluded from income.

WHAT IF THERE ISN'T ENOUGH SPACE ON THE APPLICATION FOR MY FAMILY? List any additional household members on a separate piece of paper, and attach it to your application. Contact [name, address, phone number, e-mail] to receive a second application.

My family needs more help. Are there other programs we might apply for? To find out how to apply for [State SNAP] or other assistance benefits, contact your local assistance office or call [State hotline number].

If you have other questions or need help, call the number to the right.

Accounts and Payments

Our program offers CONVENIENT and BUDGET friendly prices and payment methods to feed your student during the day, ensuring your student is refreshed and refueled to continue learning.

TIP:  Set up payday alerts on your phone or calendar as a reminder to fund your students account.

Options: Please be advised that payments are due at the time of purchase.  Sponsors, guardians and families are responsible for all student purchases.


#1 - Most Convenient:  Secure web based payment with a credit card through the "K12PaymentCenter" at

  • Set up low balance alerts
  • View your students purchases
  • Pay at the convenience of your home or anywhere!
  • Split payments across several student accounts

#2 - Drop off payments at your student's school meals office or cafeteria. 

#3 - Give payments to your student.

  • For purchases above the value of one meal, YOU MUST place it in a sealed envelope with the students name and amount of money enclosed clearly written on the outside of the envelope.

K12 Payment Center Information

Food Services Accounts and Payment

Camp Lejeune Child Nutrition Services operate on a nonprofit basis with the goal of providing quality nutrition and services to students and staff throughout the year.

Prepayment Program

Students may pay for their lunch and breakfast meals in advance. Weekly, biweekly or monthly payments will be accepted. 

You  may make payments:

  • Online through the website.  Please be advised that any homeroom teacher listed on this site may not be an accurate homeroom assignment.  Principals and school staff are finalizing student placement and will follow normal procedures for notifying parents of accurate homeroom information.  For questions on this procedure please contact the school's front office.
  • Parent/Guardian visiting the school cafeteria or NC-CLDS Director of Child Nutrition's office
  • Send payment to school with your child in an envelope.  The front of the envelope should be labeled with: Student's Name, Teacher's Name, Amount Enclosed.

If a child is absent or brings a meal from home, credit is maintained for those days.


When writing checks for school meals:

  • Make checks payable to:  Child Nutrition Services
  • Write the child's name in the check's memo section.
  • If the check is written to pay for meals for more than one child, parents should also designate on the check what amount to place in each child's account. 

Returned Checks

In the event the parent pays in advance with a check on an account that has insufficient funds, the school will notify the parent by letter and phone call. A $25.00 service charge will be added to the check total. The parent/sponsor will make cash payment to the School Food Service Administrative Office. Further checks will be accepted if the delinquent check and service charge are paid within 30 days of parent notification.

Charging Meals

Charges are highly discouraged. Our charge policy is designed to assist the child who occasionally forgets to bring lunch money, or loses it. 

  • The maximum amount of allowable charges is $10.00.
  • Parents are highly encouraged to pre-pay for their child's school meals to avoid charges.
  • Parents can view their child's account and pay online at

Additional Information

Welcome to Camp Lejeune School Nutrition Services,

Our mission is to provide your children  with Nutritious and appealing meals. Good Nutrition and learning goes hand in hand.  We are professionals that pride ourselves on providing meals that encourages healthy eating habits.  These eating habits leads to a healthier mind and body.  Our meals, foods, and beverages meet state and federal guidelines which are based on USDA Dietary Guidelines.  We strive to provide for all of their nutritious needs. This program is run by Clyde L. Thomas, Director and Patricia Bizzell, Associate Director.  We are fortunate to be staffed with highly professional individuals.  The cafeteria managers and staff both strive and exceeds the standards that are set forth before them. All of you, students, the parents and staff are our priority. Please feel free to contact us with your ideas, questions or concerns.  We look forward to hearing from you.  Our contact info is:


Phone: (910) 451-2447.

PreK Breakfast/Lunch

Breakfast and lunch are not part of the PreK school day. If you want your PreK student to eat at school, they must arrive in time to eat breakfast or lunch during the scheduled times before going to class.

Heroes ES School Hours

Grade Regular Hours Wednesday Hours
K - 5 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Pre-K AM Session 8:25 - 10:55 a.m. 8:25 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.
Pre-K PM Session 12:25 - 2:55 p.m. 11:05 a.m. - 12:55 p.m.

Wednesdays are Early Release days

Office Hours 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Teacher Hours 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Breakfast is available beginning at 8:00 a.m. Students should begin arriving for breakfast at this time to ensure they have time to eat. They are dismissed to class at 8:20 a.m.

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, disability, age, 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), 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
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.