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N.C. Online Meal Ordering System

NCDPI, School Nutrition Services continues to collaborate with Chef Cyndie and the N.C. K-12 Culinary Team to provide resources to assist you in nourishing students’ minds, bodies and souls. COVID-19 may have changed the landscape of School Nutrition, but it has not changed the mission to provide safe, wholesome, appealing meals to students. 

NCDPI applauds School Nutrition Program efforts to develop online meal ordering systems. Thank you and congratulations to the many SFAs across the state experiencing success!

If you have not yet set up online ordering for school meals but are short on time, resources, or software to make the dream a reality, the N.C. Online Meal Ordering System may be of assistance. The N.C. Online Ordering System Template is a free and easy tool created by Chef Cyndie and the N.C. K-12 Culinary Team using Google Forms which allows School Nutrition Programs to set up your own online meal ordering system. Use the video tutorial and instructions (see below) to learn the steps for customizing the tool and using it to manage online meal orders.

09.18.2020  NC Ordering System Instructions  and  INSTRUCTION VIDEO - NC Ordering System


2020 School Nutrition Updates

North Carolina School Nutrition COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Communications and Resources


04.27.2020  RECORDED WEBINAR: SSO to SFSP Application Technical Assistance

04.24.2020  Governor Roy Cooper Thank You Message

04.17.2020 Guidelines for Ensuring Health and Safety for School Nutrition Staff and Children and Families Receiving School Nutrition Services

04.15.2020 - NC Restaurants Feeding Kids Initiative
In these unprecedented times, we want to work as a community to ensure children receive nourishing meals. The NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) is leading the NC Restaurants Feeding Kids initiative, in partnership with the Carolina Hunger Initiative, to connect restaurants and foodservice operations with schools and community organizations to ensure no child goes hungry while school is out. 

Sample Menu Planning Tools

Finding Meals for Kids (Age 18 & under)

Do you need help finding food for your child? Text FOODNC to 877-877. You will be asked to enter your address. You will receive a text back with the location of the closest meal sites and serving times. You can also call 2-1-1 to speak with an operator 24/7 who can help locate meal sites and other resources.

Spanish Translation:

¿Necesita ayuda para encontrar alimentos para su hijo? Envíe un mensaje de texto a COMIDA al 877-877. Se le pedirá que introduzca su dirección. Recibirá un mensaje de texto con la ubicación de los sitios de comida y los horarios de servicio más cercanos. También puede llamar al 2-1-1 para hablar con un operador las 24 horas los 7 días de la semana, que le puede ayudar a localizar sitios de comidas y otros recursos.

877-877 Social Media Toolkit


Approved FNS Waivers during COVID-19 School Closure

Civil Rights

Food Safety

Including Milk with Summer Meals


Other Resources

Potential Sponsors/School Food Authorities Information


USDA Non-Discrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

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