School Nutrition


 Providing Nutritious Meals for a Healthy Diet, Body, and Mind


Good nutrition is a key to student success and achievement.  Consequently, the goal of the School Nutrition Department is to provide appealing, nutritious, healthy, and well-balanced meals to the students daily. A healthy diet is a matter of balance.  The key is to choose a variety of nutritious foods.  This variety is important to fuel our body's many nutrient needs.


The Gaston County Schools Nutrition Program serves more than 22,000 lunches and 8,700 breakfasts each day in the system's 56 school cafeterias.  During the 2012-2013 year, more than 1.5 million breakfasts and four million lunches were served in our school cafeterias. 


Eating Healthy is Important

Good eating habits make for healthy bodies and minds ...


School nutritionists work to ensure that a healthy meal is provided to each student every school day. Serving well-balanced meals to our students is important and that is why menus follow the USDA Dietary Guidelines.  Students may choose from a variety of entrees, grain-rich items, fruits, vegetables and one-percent or skim milk. Fresh fruit is available daily and seasonal purchases of locally grown produce are coordinated through the N.C. Department of Agriculture. Nutritional information for all menu items is available from the cafeteria manager, school nurse or School Nutrition office.


However, if your child has been determined by a physician to be handicapped, and the handicap would prevent your child from eating the regular school meal, then School Nutrition will make any substitutions prescribed by your doctor.  If a substitution is needed, there will be no extra charge for the meal.  Please contact the School Nutrition Office at 704-824 8423 for further information. 


School Lunch Prices 






$ 1.20

$ 2.40 
Elementary Reduced       - $ 0.40
Middle School  $ 1.20  $ 2.50 
Middle School Reduced       -  $ 0.40 
High School  $ 1.20  $ 2.50 
High School Reduced       -  $ 0.40 
School Staff  $ 1.50  $ 3.00 
Adult Guest  $ 1.50  $ 3.00 


Students with Special Diet Needs

Students with medical conditions such as allergies and diabetes may request modification to school meals by completing a Diet Order form.  Parents may obtain a Diet Order application from the cafeteria manager, school nurse or School Nutrition office.  The form must be signed by a physician and returned to the cafeteria manager or sent to the GCS School Nutrition Office, 500 Reid Street, Lowell, N.C. 28098.  For more information, contact your school principal or call the GCS School Nutrition Office at (704) 824-8423


Free and Reduced Lunches

All students enrolled in the Gaston County Schools are given an opportunity to apply for free or reduced price breakfast and lunch.  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.  Only one application per household is necessary.  Eligibility for free and reduced price meals is based on household income and number of people in the household.  Applications are available from the cafeteria manager, school office and the School Nutrition office.



The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, OOffice of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email


Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”



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Director of School Nutrition

Frank Fields
704.824.8423 ext. 224


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