Everyone Benefits When Kids Eat School Lunch
JENNIFER INSELL, Director of School Food Service
Friday, October 28, 2011 7:45 am
Cannon County Schools currently have 7 School Nutrition Managers and over 30 school nutrition employees, serving breakfast and lunch on a daily basis to each of our 7 schools in Cannon County.
Cannon County School Nutrition is an active participant in the National School Lunch Program and National School Breakfast Programs. These are federally assisted child feeding programs sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provide free or reduced meals to our students whose families meet the criteria.
The School Nutrition Program operates fiscally independent with the District, paying for all direct expenses and administrative costs. We are supported by revenue generated from sales made within our cafeteria as well as receiving federal and state funds based on our meal participation. This department does not receive any local tax dollars.
The Cannon County School Nutrition Department considers food safety a huge priority. Our employees are trained to make sure all HACCP procedures are followed. The Cannon County Health Department also conducts two inspections each year at each school.
As a partner in education, the Cannon County School Nutrition Program contributes to a successful academic experience and encourages a lifetime of healthy eating by providing each student with the affordable opportunity to enjoy meals that are nutritious, appealing, and served by caring employees in a pleasant environment.
When students eat school lunch, they are more likely to consume milk, meats, whole grains, and vegetables compared to students who don’t, including students who bring their lunch from home. Cost wise, school lunch is a great value. A typical school lunch contains an entrée, two servings of fruits and vegetables, a grain item and milk.
From children to parents to teachers, everyone benefits when kids eat school lunch.