Child Nutrition Program Information

School Meals: Good for Kids and Good for Your Wallet

As the cost of everything increases, there are meals that are still great values, both nutritionally and economically. School lunch is still an incredible bargain at $2.25 in Henry County Schools, while breakfast is $1.50!

Save Money: Eat School Lunch!

On average, it costs less to buy a school lunch than to bring a lunch from home. The estimated national average of a school lunch from home was $3.43.1
1 According to a meal cost analysis by Alice Jo Rainville, PhD, RD, CHE, SNS of Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

There is Such a Thing as a Free Lunch (and a Reduced Price One, Too!)

All children at participating schools may purchase meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Your family may qualify for free or reduced price meals. Students eligible for reduced prices are charged 30 cents for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch.

Applications can be filed at any time during the year or as family circumstances change.  Contact your school to fill out a school meal application.

Healthy Meals Feed Eager Minds

Every school lunch includes at least five great choices:

  • Milk - 1% or less fat content - flavored or regular
  • Vegetables - From turnip greens to fresh carrot sticks and fresh sweet potatoes.
  • Fruit - Everything from fresh d'Anjou pears to sliced peaches
  • Grains - Grains will be WHOLE GRAINS!
  • Meat or meat alternate -Examples include turkey, chicken, or lean beef (Ground beef was reduced to an average 15% fat, as compared to an average 30% fat content in the fast food industry.)

Meals served under the NSLP must meet nutrition guidelines based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Research has shown that students who eat school meals perform their best academically.

Students who eat school breakfast have greater gains in standardized test scores and show improvements in math, reading, and vocabulary scores.2 Healthy eating correlates with fewer trips to the school nurse and less absenteeism.
2 Classroom Breakfast Scores High in Maryland, Maryland Meals for Achievement. October 2001 

The Role of Parents

Parents and school nutrition professionals share the same goals: Well-balanced nutritious meals for their kids and creating healthy eating habits for life. Parents are role models and influence what kids eat. Encourage healthy eating habits and lifestyles at home for you and your kids - actions speak louder than words.

 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

 

 

The Henry County School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs or activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination poliicies: Dennis Brand, Title IX, 300 N Trawick St., Abbeville, AL 36310, 334-585-2206 ext 1232, dbrand@henryschools.org or Lori Beasley, 504 Coordinator, 300 N Trawick St., Abbeville, AL 36310, 334.585.2206 ext 1230, lbeasley@henryschools.org