School Nutrition

Welcome to School Nutrition!

Lowndes County Schools will serve NO COST meals through USDA's National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option (SSO) throughout the 2021-2022 School Year. This option maintains the nutrition standards of the standard school meal program- including a strong emphasis on providing fruits and vegetables, fluid milk, whole grains, and sensible calorie levels. We encourage all students to participate in the breakfast and lunch program offered at all Lowndes County Schools. 

                  Lunch Tray

Good nutrition and learning go hand in hand.

The Lowndes County School Nutrition program provides quality meals and nutrition education that contribute to the nutritional well-being of our students and their performance at school. The school nutrition program (SNP) participates in the national school lunch, school breakfast and after school snack program at participating schools. All the programs are regulated and funded by the United States Department of Agriculture with the School and Community Nutrition Unit of the Georgia Department of Education overseeing the program administration.

Since nutrition affects physical growth and intellectual development, well-nourished children are better able to learn. It is our goal to provide quality food items that are (1) acceptable to customers, (2) accommodating to children with special needs, (3) consistent with the Dietary Guidelines and (4) served in a pleasant, attractive and safe environment by caring people. We plan, prepare and offer food choices as healthful examples for Lowndes County students to increase the likelihood they will learn to choose a healthful diet. The school nutrition program offers its kitchens and cafeterias as learning laboratories to support teachers with nutrition education activities in the classroom.

The nutrition program is committed to continuous development of knowledgeable professional staff. New staff members complete a thirty-hour course including food safety training in the nationally recognized ServSafe® program. Managers and assistant managers hold national certification in the advanced ServSafe® Program. Effective management and fiscal responsibility are also critical with our employees. Cooperation of parents and school faculty in prepayment for and timely repayment of charges help ensure our financial stability.

This Institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Free and Reduced Price Meal Eligibility Report

Attachment M Public Media Release for Community Eligibility Prov.pdf

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Many families have questions about eligibility for Georgia's Pandemic EBT cards/benefits.

Lowndes County Schools does not determine the P-EBT amounts given per student nor are the P-EBT cards issued directly by LCS.  Please see the information below provided by the Georgia Department of Education.  Cards are mailed directly by the state, not by LCS.  Some cards have already reached mailboxes of LCS students who were enrolled in the 2020-21 academic year. 

Public schools: 

The Georgia Department of Education will provide a list of potentially-eligible students for P-EBT.

They will provide students eligible through:  

  1. The Community Eligibility Provision list of eligible schools and school districts for currently enrolled students for SY 2020-2021, and FRL eligibility by using the SY 2020-2021 file of enrolled FRL-eligible children (produced June 2021) to ensure all eligible children are issued benefits. Throughout the school year, families submit applications for FRL through the school district; the data for eligible children is transferred to the Georgia Department of Education in June of each year. Additionally, the State has other pre-defined processes for data for other source categorically eligible children that will also be updated with the June 2021 files. FRL eligibility throughout this plan is defined as children who would be eligible for free or reduced-price meals if the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program were operating normally, including children who are directly certified or determined “other source categorically eligible” or certified through the submission of a household application processed by the child’s school district. It also includes children eligible through the CEP process (above).

Here is a synopsis of the determining factors for P-EBT:

  1. P-EBT benefits are being paid for school closures of a minimum of 5 consecutive days due to COVID-19. (LCS students fit this criteria)
  2. A child is eligible for P-EBT benefits if two conditions are met:
    1. The child would be eligible for free or reduced-price meals if the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program were operating normally.
    2. This includes children who are:
      1. Directly certified or determined “other source categorically eligible” for SY 2020-2021,or
      2. certified through submission of a household free and reduced meal (FRL) application processed by the child’s school district for SY 2020-2021,or
      3. enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision school or a school operating under Provisions 2 or 3.