New Online Application Option:

Applications for the free and reduced meal program are now accepted online at:

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Signing up for the program is simple:

o    Register for an account (this is optional but strongly encouraged)

o    Make sure you have your student's ID number (9-11 digit number)

o    Make sure you have income information for everyone in your household 

o    Your session will timeout after 20 minutes of inactivity

o    Your application is complete only when you electronically sign the application

o    Your application will be sent from the secure website directly to Surry County Schools

o    You will receive a determination letter after your application has been processed

Paper Application

Free and Reduced Lunch applications are also available in the school front office, school cafeterias or School Nutrition office. 

Use only one application per household.

·         Complete and turn in the paper application to any school cafeteria or mail to the School Nutrition office:  PO Box 364, Dobson, NC  27017

·         Copies and / or faxes cannot be accepted.  Incomplete applications will be returned.

Once the application has been processed, you will receive a notification letter stating your approval or denial status. If you qualify, you will begin receiving benefits once the school has been notified of your child’s eligibility.  Any charges that your child makes before you receive notification will be your responsibility to pay. If you do not receive a letter showing your application has been processed, it is your responsibility to call the School Nutrition office. Please keep your approval letter for future reference.  

If you have any questions or need help completing the application, please contact School Nutrition Services at:

               Telephone Number:  336-386-8866 or 336-386-8211  
               Address:  209 North Crutchfield Street
                                Dobson, NC  27017

*Only complete one application per family. The information you give will be used to determine or prove your child's eligibility for free or reduced-price meals. This information may also be used for other state or federally funded school benefits. 

Factors considered in the application process are household size and total household income. HOUSEHOLD SIZE includes all persons, related or unrelated including parents, children, grandparents, etc. who live in your home and share living expenses. The TOTAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME is the income each household member receives before taxes - this includes wages, social security, pension, unemployment, welfare, child support, alimony, and any other cash income. 

Foster children are categorically eligible for free meal benefits. Foster children may be included in the household application as part of the household size.

Community Eligibility

Students who are attending Flat Rock Elementary School are eligible for free meals through the USDA's Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program.

You do not need to fill out application for students who attend Flat Rock Elementary. However, if there is a sibling who attends a school that is not included in the CEP program, an application must be filled out for the sibling and should also include information about the student who attends Flat Rock Elementary.


*If your student is eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch, they will also receive free breakfast.