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Roanoke City Schools' Child Nutrition Program strives to keep meals well balanced and nutrient packed. In addition, the Surgeon General of the United States has issued a call to action to prevent and decrease obesity in our school age children. Many changes that have been implemented in our schools and in our Child Nutrition Program have been to support this effort. Please feel free to browse our links for Nutrition on the Web. These sites will provide guidelines that mandate how our Child Nutrition Program is managed, but also changes to snacks, school fundraiser sales and soft drink sales.
What does it mean if my child has been Direct Certified for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program?

This means that your child automatically qualifies for free breakfast and lunch as a result of being on TANF or Food Stamps.

Eligibility for free or reduced priced school meals benefits is based on any one of these three things:

- your total household income and size in the month the application is filled out, or the month before, or
- your child's individual status as foster, homeless, migrant, or runaway, or
- participation in an assistance program by any member of your household

Your US citizenship or immigration status does not affect your eligibility for free or reduced price benefits.

As a school meal program sponsor, the purpose of collecting race and ethnicity data is to determine how effectively school meal programs are reaching potentially eligible students. Providing this data is voluntary and all responses will be kept confidential. Collection of this information will not affect eligibility status.

School Cafeteria Staff