Nutrition

Food and Nutrition

The objective of The Gilmer County School Nutrition Program is to provide nutritious breakfasts, lunches and snacks to all students in accordance with guidelines provided by the United States Department of Agriculture School Nutrition Program.

School Nutrition Program Information
 
The objective of The Gilmer County School Nutrition Program is to provide nutritious breakfasts, lunches and snacks to all students in accordance with guidelines provided by the United States Department of Agriculture School Nutrition Program.  The meals will play a role in meeting the nutritional needs of the child by providing one-third of their daily requirements of nutrients, and help teach them about nutrition. 
Meals served to our students are prepared in a safe and sanitary environment.  All employees are trained in safe food handling as well as providing a clean sanitary environment for preparation.
 

Free and Reduced Price Applications and Meals

All students are eligible to apply for free or reduced price meals.  A family application is given to all students on the first day of school each year.  These applications need to be filled out and returned to your child's school lunch manager as soon as possible each year.  All sections on the application need to be completed as required to prevent delays in approval for your child.  Be sure to list all children and adults in the household. All income from adults in the household is required to be listed and if the amount is weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.

Parents/guardians are encouraged to apply for free/reduced price meals on line at www.gilmerschools.com.  There is an English and Spanish version available.
 
Student Meal Payments and Charges   
 
All Gilmer County schools cafeterias have computer programs to provide accountability of each student's meals.  Parents are encouraged to prepay their child's meals for the week, month or even yearly.  Monies for your child's meals should be sent in an envelope with the child's name, homeroom and the amount included for each meal. When writing a check to pay for student meals, be sure to include your child's name and ID# on each check. Do not include ice cream monies, monies for snacks or pictures or anything else with your child's breakfast and lunch payments.  A history of the meals your child eats can be provided at any time if there is a need. Parents are requested to keep their child's meal payments current.  If your child has to charge, there is a limit to the number of charges they can have.
For PreK-8 no more than 5 days of charges are allowed.
For 9-12 no more than 2 days of charges are allowed.

 
By keeping your child's account current, you help to keep our costs at a minimum and we do not have to increase lunch and breakfast prices.
Links


Pay Online

https://www.myschoolbucks.com/


Meal Prices for 2016-2017


 Breakfast Lunch 
 Prek-Grade 6  $1.00  $2.00
 Grades 7-12  $1.00  $2.00
 Adult Employees  $1.75  $3.50
 Visitor Meals  $2.25  $4.00
 
Students may purchase extra portions of a meal.
Extra Entree:  $1.25
Extra Fruit or Vegetable:  $.60 
Extra Bread:  $.30
Extra Milk:  $.60
 
Reduced price meals for all schools are $.30 for breakfast and $.40 for lunches.  
 
 
USDA regulations prohibit the sale of foods of minimal nutritional value and carbonated beverages during meal times in the cafeteria at all school levels.  Therefore, no canned or bottled drinks (except pure water or milk) are allowed in the cafeteria.  Students or their parents are not allowed to bring in foods from outside restaurants until after the last lunch period is over.  Lunch sent in lunch boxes or plain bags with students in the morning are allowed.  All students are encouraged to eat a nutritious meal provided by the school cafeteria and milk is provided to drink with their meals. 
 
Parents may come any time and eat with their child by notifying the school nutrition manager ahead of time to insure enough food will be available.

Menus are available from each school, on the website at http://www.gilmerschools.com and in the Times Courier each week.