To meet the nutritional needs of every
child by providing healthy, tasty, affordable and appealing meals in an enviornment that promotes and educates children about
of students in breakfast and lunch has a positive impact on education.
School Nutrition Program
272 School Circle
Nahunta, GA 31553
Director of School Nutrition
Secretary, Free and Reduced Clerk
Try our Healthy Breakfast Program. All students attending schools
in the Brantley County School District eat breakfast at NO COST!!!
The School Nutrition Program is an integral part of the
overall educational program sharing the common goal of achieving optimal student performance in the areas of physical, mental,
emotional, and intellectual development. A hungry child cannot learn. By providing nutritious
and appetizing meals and encouraging students to participate in the program, they are physically able to learn.
The Brantley County Board of Education adopted the Nutrition Integrity Standard which assures the right
of all students in Brantley County Schools to quality nutritious foods being served each day. It is the
aim of the program to serve customers, both students and adults, foods that fulfill their nutritional needs and satisfy the
palette. The cafeteria also serves as a learning laboratory by including nutrition information and facts
through out the school year. The Brantley County School Nutrition Program strives to serve food for a healthy
life so all students are healthy children ready to learn.
Laura Wainright, Director of School Nutrition
NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM
1. What is the National School Lunch Program?
The National School Lunch Program
is a federally assisted meal program operating in over 101,000 public and non‐profit private schools and residential child care institutions.
It provides nutritionally balanced, low‐cost or free lunches to more than 31 million children each school day in 2009. In 1998, Congress expanded
the National School Lunch Program to include reimbursement for snacks served to children in after school educational and enrichment
programs to include children through 18 years of age.
The Food and Nutrition Service
administers the program at the Federal level. At the State level, the National School Lunch Program is usually administered
by State education agencies, which operate the program through agreements with school food authorities.
2. How does the National School Lunch Program work?
Generally, public or nonprofit
private schools of high school grade or under and public or nonprofit private residential child care institutions may participate
in the school lunch program. School districts and independent schools that choose to take part in the lunch program get cash
subsidies and donated commodities from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for each meal they serve. In return, they
must serve lunches that meet Federal requirements, and they must offer free or reduced price lunches to eligible children.
School food authorities can also be reimbursed for snacks served to children through age 18 in after school educational or
3. What are the nutritional requirements
for school lunches?
School lunches must meet the applicable recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which recommend that
no more than 30 percent of an individual's calories come from fat, and less than 10 percent from saturated fat. Regulations
also establish a standard for school lunches to provide one‐third of the Recommended Dietary Allowances of protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin
C, iron, calcium, and calories. School lunches must meet Federal nutrition requirements, but decisions about what specific
foods to serve and how they are prepared are made by local school food authorities.
4. How do children qualify for free and reduced price meals?
Any child at a participating school may purchase
a meal through the National School Lunch Program. Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the poverty
level are eligible for free meals. Those with incomes between 130 percent and 185 percent of the poverty level are eligible
meals, for which students can be charged no more than 40 cents. (For the period July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2011, 130 percent
of the poverty level is $28,665 for a family of four; 185 percent is $40,793.)
Children from families with
incomes over 185 percent of poverty pay a full price, though their meals are still subsidized to some extent. Local school
food authorities set their own prices for full‐price (paid) meals, but must operate their meal services as non‐profit programs.
After school snacks are provided
to children on the same income eligibility basis as school meals. However, programs that operate in areas where at least 50
percent of students are eligible for free or reduced‐price meals may serve all their snacks for free.
5. How much reimbursement do schools get?
Most of the support USDA provides to schools in
the National School Lunch Program comes in the form of a cash reimbursement for each meal served. The current (July 1, 2010
through June 30, 2011) basic cash reimbursement rates if school food authorities served less than 60% free and reduced price
lunches during the second preceding school year are:
Reduced-price lunches: Paid lunches:
Reduced-price snacks: Paid snacks:
Higher reimbursement rates are in effect for Alaska and Hawaii, and for schools with high percentages of low‐income students. For the latest reimbursement rates
visit FNS website at
6. What other support do schools get from USDA?
In addition to cash reimbursements, schools are
entitled by law to receive USDA foods, called "entitlement" foods, at a value of 20.25 cents for each meal served in Fiscal
Schools can also get "bonus" USDA foods as they are available from surplus agricultural stocks.
Through Team Nutrition USDA provides schools with
technical training and assistance to help school food service staffs prepare healthful meals, and with nutrition education
to help children understand the link between diet and health.
7. What types of foods do schools get from USDA?
States select entitlement foods for their schools
from a list of various foods purchased by USDA and offered through the school lunch program. Bonus foods are offered only
as they become available through agricultural surplus. The variety of both entitlement and bonus USDA foods schools can get
from USDA depends on quantities available and market prices.
Building Healthy Children, Ready to Learn!