We are proud of our approximately 90 school system employees and cafeteria staff. They are very dedicated to serving the children of Hawkins County Schools nutritious meals in a clean and safe environment. They not only prepare and serve the daily meals, but they are also involved in providing some fun and special activities throughout the school year.
Some of these activities are:
- After-School snacks at schools offering school tutoring or other after-school learning activities
- Parents Day for Lunch
- Holiday Celebrations
- Specials Lunches at Christmas and Thanksgiving
- Family Engagement Meals
Studies have shown that nutrition plays a big role in your child's performance in school, both in academics and extra-curricular activities. Nutritious food gives the child more energy, improves his/her ability to concentrate and improves behavior in the classroom. Encourage your child to eat a well balanced, nutritious meal in the school cafeteria.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Free and reduced meals are available to students who's household meet the Federal income guidelines. Parents are strongly encouraged to complete and return an application for free or reduced meals, regardless of income, at any time during the school year. Free meals are available also for eligible students enrolled in Hawkins County School System who are receiving TANF (Families First) or SNAP (Food Stamps) or FDPIR benefits. Parents should receive a letter informing them of their child (ren)'s direct certification eligibility. If all children in the household are not listed on the letter, please notify the Child Nutrition Office. Parents who do not want this benefit must submit a written note to the Director of Child Nutrition, 200 Depot Street, Rogersville, Tennessee 37857. Only one application should be completed for the entire family. Parents will receive a letter indicating the status for which the child (ren) qualifies-free, reduced, or full pay. Only a complete meal maybe "sold" to a student qualifying for free or reduced meals. A la carte items or parts of a meal must be paid for with cash or from prepaid funds in a student account.
What's On The Menu?
Five food group components (meat/meat alternate, fruit, vegetables, grain, and milk) are included in a school lunch. For the regular price of lunch, a student may choose 3, 4, or 5 items. One item must be a fruit or vegetable. The price remains the same whether the child chooses 3, 4, or 5 items.
Students may leave off one or two of the food groups or they may choose something from all 5 groups. Two food groups may come in one item. A sandwich is an example, which most of the time will contain meat and grain. A variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and salads are offered in all schools.
For breakfast, students are to choose 3 items from the 4 items offered. One item must be a fruit or vegetable.
When pre-paying by check:
- Make check payable to your school cafeteria. (For example, Joseph Rogers Primary School Cafeteria.)
- Your child/children’s name and teacher/s’ name for which you are paying should be on your check.
- No checks are accepted after April 30 th of each school year.
- Prepayment of meals is accepted up to $100.00.
- A service fee may be charged for each check returned for insufficient funds. No checks will be accepted during the remainder of the school year after two checks are returned