The Catoosa County Schools Child Nutrition Program is not just a "filling station". It is an integral part of the educational system. The Child Nutrition Coordinator, as well as school cafeteria managers and their staffs see mealtime as an opportunity to integrate nutritious, well-balanced, low-cost meals with educational objectives. All cafeteria managers take classes in nutrition, quantity food preparation, management, food safety, and sanitation. Each cafeteria employee receives specialized training in food production and service.
Students learn what constitutes a well-balanced meal by observing the many selections offered each day. Menus are planned according to the new meal regulations passed by Congress in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The new guidelines include a choice of entrees, fruits, vegetables, grain, and milk. A good resource for parents and children alike can be found at USDA's MyPlate website. For more information on USDA's MyPlate, go to www.ChooseMyPlate.gov
Because the system is a participant in the National School Lunch Program, qualified students may receive the same meal at a free or reduced price. If household income changes during the school year, applications may be made immediately to receive meals at the lower rates. Interested parties should contact the Child Nutrition Department at 706-965-2414. All information is kept confidential.
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, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, 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;