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Free & Reduced Meals

If you feel that you would qualify for free or reduced meals or are unsure if you might qualify you should complete the free/reduced meal application.

Free and reduced meal applications must be completed each school year.  Applications from previous years do not automatically roll over to the following year.  You should only complete one application per family, listing all school-aged children on one application.  There is not a need to complete an individual application for each child enrolled in Watauga County Schools. Additional questions concerning free and reduced meal eligibility can be found here.

To begin the application process, go to and complete the required information.  You do not need to set up an account to complete the application. Simply select your State and District, and click Next.  This will take you to the Watauga County Schools Household Letter and begin the process of completing the application.  Follow the prompts in the software and submit the application once it is complete. The application is sent from a secure server directly to the WCS School Nutrition office and all information is completely confidential. You do not need to worry about completing a paper application that could be lost or misplaced.

If you have problems with the meal application or need additional information please contact LINQ Connect at 844-467-4700 option 1.  If you do not have access to the internet, please ask the school office for a paper copy of this year’s application or call the School Nutrition office at (828)263-1718 and request a copy.