The School Breakfast Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools. Studies show that eating a healthy breakfast has a positive impact on a student's academic success. Each meal must provide ¼ of the Recommended Dietary Allowance for protein, iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and calories.
Nutrition Services serves breakfast at all of its 221 school sites. During May 2013 an average of 47,467 breakfasts were served each day! And every student can eat breakfast FREE! Please view USDA National School Breakfast Fact Sheet for more details or visit the USDA.
Breakfast in the Classroom
Many school districts participate in the federally-funded School Breakfast Program, but its performance in eliminating hunger has fallen short of its potential. Less than half of children who are eligible for the free or reduced-cost breakfast are eating it.
The Breakfast in the Classroom initiative takes the traditional school breakfast approach and improves it with one key ingredient: the classroom. Children eat together in homeroom at the start of the school day. They enjoy nutritionally well-balanced foods while the teacher takes attendance, collects homework or teaches a short lesson plan.
Nutrition Services has the fastest growing universal free Breakfast in the Classroom program in the US! (85 schools. May 2013.) And every student can eat breakfast FREE!
If your school would like to have Breakfast in the Classroom, please contact Shalissia Smith by phone (901-416-0062) or email ([email protected])!
Grab 'n' Go Breakfast
Grab 'N' Go breakfast offer students another option to traditional cafeteria-based breakfast. Grab 'N' Go breakfasts are packaged in paper bags, boxes or trays. Students pick up their breakfast and eat it when and where they want, within school guidelines. Nutrition Services partners with school staff to offer Grab ‘N’ Go breakfast at middle and high schools throughout the district
If Grab ‘N’ Go Breakfast is right for your school, please contact Shalissia Smith by phone (901-416-0062) or email ([email protected])!
National School Lunch
The National School Lunch Act is designed to encourage the consumption of nutritious meals by assisting nonprofit school lunch programs. Nutrition Services provides students nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches each school day – an average of 60,069 per day (May 2013). The meals and services provided are an important part of the overall education experience and enhance student's ability to learn. Families may apply for free or reduced meal benefits.
It is vital that students know their PIN numbers and / or bring their student ID cards every day. Nutrition Services is supported solely by federal and state reimbursements for meals served, which means that we must track each meal served according to each student's eligibility. Please help us maintain quick and efficient service by ensuring that your child learns his / her PIN number and brings his / her student ID card every day.
The Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service administers the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) at the national level. FFVP is a catalyst for change in efforts to combat obesity by helping children learn more healthful eating habits. The Program has been successful in introducing school children to a variety of produce that they otherwise might not have the opportunity to sample.
If your school would like to join the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, please contact Kim Stewart by phone (901-416-0063) or email ([email protected])!
Off-Site Programs & Charter Schools
An Off-site program is an educational program that requires meal service but is at a location with limited enrollment or without a cafeteria / kitchen. Their purpose varies, but most are Charter Schools. The required meals (usually lunches) are provided from a nearby school location. Families must submit a completed meal application in order for Nutrition Services to determine if the students are eligible to receive free or reduced priced meals. Click here for more information on the application process.
Affiliated Charters are locally funded - all monies come from MSCS and Nutrition Services provides meals. (All applicable policies and procedures must be followed in order to provide reimbursable meals) Independent Charters may be directly funded or locally funded, and it is the option of Nutrition Services and the independent charter school whether Nutrition Services provides meals.
Nutrition Services currently provides meals to 38 locations. If your school would like to join our group of satisfied customers, please contact Shalissia Smith by phone (901-416-0062) or email ([email protected])!
Summer Food Service Program
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was created to ensure that children in lower-income areas continue to receive healthy, well balanced meals during the summer, when they do not have access to school breakfast or lunch. During the 2011 summer program, MSCS served 168,000 breakfasts, 432,000 lunches, and 241,000 snacks / suppers at over 450 program sites For more information visit the USDA. If your school would like to receive Summer Lunch, please contact Shalissia Smith by phone (901-416-0062) or email ([email protected]!
After School Snack Program
Under the National School Lunch Program, snacks can be served to children after their regular school day ends as part of an organized, structured, supervised and approved after-school program. These snacks give children a nutritional boost and encourage them to join safe, supervised, and educational activities
If you would like to serve after-school snacks in your program, please contact Shalissia Smith by phone (901-416-0062) or email ([email protected])!
After School Supper Program
In some cases, children need more than a snack to get them through from lunch to the end of the day. In these cases, the USDA's Child and Adult Care Food Program makes it possible to provide nutritious suppers to youth participating in eligible after-school care program. Nutrition Services has the only universal free at-risk supper program in Tennessee, providing approximately 5,500 suppers per day to 70 after-school programs.