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Universal Free School Meals!

Buncombe County Schools Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).

Beginning in the 2023-2024 school year all Buncombe County Schools are CEP.

"The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a school meal funding option of the National School Lunch Act that enables schools to provide free meals to all students. Just like textbooks and desks, under CEP, school meals are available to all students at no cost to them." -No Kid Hungry

CEP is beneficial for schools too! It reduces the administrative burden by eliminating school meals applications.

Nesbitt Discovery will be a Non-Pricing School, allowing free school breakfast and lunch at no cost. Free and Reduced Applications are required every school year. See below...

Free and Reduced Applications for Buncombe County Schools
Now you can apply on-line for your children to receive free or reduced-price school meals. Your application will be sent from a secure web site directly to the Buncombe County Schools School Nutrition office, so you don’t need to worry about filling out a paper form that could be lost or misplaced. is an easy, secure and convenient way to apply for free or reduced meals. It has been designed to make it easy for you to know exactly what information you need to provide and to guide you through the process. Once your application has been received the district office will determine your eligibility and send you a letter with the results.

To apply, simply go to or CLICK HERE to apply now! 

Need a paper application?
Free and Reduced paper applications are also available from your child's school office or your cafeteria. These will need to be filled out and returned to the cafeteria or mailed to:

Buncombe County Schools School Nutrition
175 Bingham Rd.
Asheville NC 28806.

¿Hablas español?
Una version es español está en la parte de atrás de la solicitud de almuerzo gratis y reducido. Otros idiomas están disponibles a solicitud. Si tiene preguntas o necesita ayuda, por favor llame a Cherry Odogwu al 828-255-5927.

Applications are available in 49 other languages.

CLICK HERE, Free/Reduced Application in other languages.

Please print the application and return it to:

Buncombe County School Nutrition Office

175 Bingham Rd.

Asheville, NC 28806

Or, email to

(If you have questions or need assistance call Cherry Odogwu at 828-255-5927.)

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