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FAQ

What is the goal of the School Nutrition Program? 

The goal of the program is to provide high quality, nutritious meals to our students at a price that is affordable to all.
 
Who makes the menus for Gilmer County Schools? 

Menus are planned by Nutrition Coordinators and based on the following menu criteria: 
  • Quality-Taste, Appearance, and Overall Acceptability 
  • Food Cost Benchmarks-The average cost per meal must meet established benchmarks. 
  • USDA Commodity Allocations-Foods donated by the USDA are incorporated into the menus on a daily basis. These food items are high quality foods that meet or exceed food quality standards. 
  • Nutrition Value-All school menus must meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Lunch menus should meet 1/3 of the student's nutritional needs. Breakfast should meet ¼ of the RDA's and caloric needs. 
  • Federal Reimbursable Meal Requirements-Gilmer County School System follows the National School Breakfast and Lunch Patterns for Traditional Meals.
 
Why is breakfast so important? 

Eating breakfast at school is one of the smartest ways your child can begin the day. Often students simply don't have enough time in the morning to eat breakfast at home and go to class without eating anything at all. A hungry child just cannot concentrate on learning. Research proves breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It breaks the fasting of our bodies while we sleep and gives us fuel for starting a new day. In most studies, children who eat breakfast improved their grades. Teachers observed increased attentiveness, motivation, self- discipline and concentration in students who participate in the School Breakfast program. Studies have found that children who ate breakfast make fewer mistakes and better grades. 
Also, skipping meals can start poor eating habits which may lead to a risk of obesity.
 
Why is lunch served at school? 

Every student needs lunch during the school day. Many students would receive no meal or a nutritionally poor meal if they had to bring their own lunch. Research has shown that hungry children cannot learn. A child with an empty stomach is lethargic, irritable and is not able to participate fully in learning experiences. Good nutrition is critical to student achievement.