School Nutrition

  • “Providing nutritious meals for a healthy diet, body, and mind.”

    Good nutrition is a key component of student success and achievement in the classroom.  Consequently, the goal of the School Nutrition Department is to provide appealing, nutritious, healthy, and well-balanced meals to our students daily. Our customers may choose from a variety of entrees, whole grain-rich foods, fruits, vegetables, and one-percent or skim milk. This variety is essential to properly supply our students' many nutrient needs.  Fresh fruit is available daily, and seasonal purchases of locally grown produce are coordinated through the N.C. Department of Agriculture and GAP certified farmers. Nutritional information for all menu items is available on our webpage, www.gaston.k12.nc.us under the School Nutrition Department/School Menus.    

    Breakfast and lunch programs are offered at all schools.  During the 2020-2021 school year, more than 4 million breakfasts and lunches were served in our schools and at the curbside during the Pandemic. School meals must meet menu patterns and rigorous nutritional specifications established by the United States Department of Agriculture. 

    We are dedicated to following COVID food handling practices in order to reduce contact.


    For the 2021- 2022 school year, breakfast and lunch will be provided at no cost to all students who wish to participate. 

    Meal Prices
    School Staff: $1.50 (Breakfast) | $3.75 (Lunch)

    Adult Guest: $1.50 (Breakfast) | $3.75 (Lunch)

    Meal Applications
    All students enrolled in the Gaston County Schools are given an opportunity to fill out a Free and Reduced price meal application even though it will not be necessary to receive free school meals during the 2021-22 school year. This application may be used to qualify families for other benefits such as P-EBT, FCC-EBB, waived fees for ACT/SAT, college applications, academic fees and other programs.

    To apply, a parent or guardian must complete and sign a Free and Reduced Price Meal application form.  The form must be submitted each year.  


    “USDA is an Equal Opportunity Provider, Employer and Lender”

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