School Breakfast at “No Cost” to all Students
We are extremely proud to announce that the Smith County School Nutrition Program will continue to serve breakfast daily to all students at no cost again this year. Although almost 60% of our students are taking advantage of this opportunity by eating breakfast at school each day, we would like to see an increase in student participation.
The School Breakfast Program can be critical in helping children “jump start” each day by providing fuel for their bodies to learn, grow, and be active. Everyone agrees on the importance of breakfast to student achievement, yet too many children miss out on the most critical meal of the day. The morning routine at home is hectic for many families, and some children just aren’t hungry before they leave for school. Knowing that children can eat a healthy breakfast once they get to school can be a huge relief for parents because it saves them valuable time in their busy morning schedule and money in their family budget.
Numerous studies have shown that breakfast can improve a student’s memory, test scores, school attendance, and cut down on visits to the school nurse. Research has also shown that children who eat breakfast each day have a higher intake of vitamins and minerals and maintain a healthier weight than those who skip breakfast.
Students will be offered foods daily from all three breakfast components –
(1) fruit/juice/vegetable, (2) grains -100% whole grain rich, and (3) milk. According to new USDA regulations, students will be required to take at least ½ cup of fruit, juice, or vegetable and at least 2 other items at breakfast to be counted as a “meal”. Please encourage your children to join their friends in the school cafeteria for school breakfast each morning at no cost.
Lunch prices will be as follows:
*Elementary School Students $2.25
*Middle and High School Students $2.50
School Employees $3.25
Adult Visitors $3.75
Child Visitors $3.25
*Students who qualify may receive FREE meals or REDUCED price meals (.40).
"For information regarding the Smith County School Wellness Policy assessment, please contact the Coordinated School Health Program Coordinator, Kim Maynard at (615) 735-2083."
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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;
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This institution is an equal opportunity provider.”