Tennessee's School Nutrition program is responsible for providing nutritious meals and snacks for students in public and private schools, as well as residential and child care institutions School Nutrition administers the USDA's National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program and Afterschool Snack Program across the state. All public schools in Tennessee are on the National School Lunch Program, which provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day.
Nutrition standards set forth by the USDA require most schools to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat-free and low-fat fluid milk in school meals; reduce the levels of sodium, saturated fat and trans fat in meals; and meet the nutrition needs of school children within their calorie requirements.
For a detailed description of these federal requirements, see the Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.
Community Eligibility Provision
For information on CEP, including a toolkit for districts and frequently asked questions, visit the CEP page.
SFA Approval Documents
- LOI New School Form
- New School Approval Process
- SFA Preliminary Application
- Process Flow Chart for new SFA
- Process Flow Chart for new SFA using vended meal contract
- State Agency Checklist for new SFA
- Substitute W-9 Form
- ACH Form
Connect with School Nutrition
Prototypes for 2014
- Contract Renewal Agreement for Vended Meal Services
- Prototype Invitation for Bid and Contract
- Vendor Invitation for Bid and Contract Submission Form
- Vendor Meal Contract Instructions
- Pre-Contract Award Summary Sheet
- Post-Contract Award Summary Sheet
- Vended Contract Samples:
School nutrition programs are an economical way to provide a significant amount of the student's daily nutritional requirements.
Good nutrition increases students willingness and ability to learn.
Nutrition is an integral part of education, contributing substantially to the health and well-being of students.
For the Local Economy
School nutrition programs acts as a vast market for locally purchased foods, supplies, and equipment, as well as providing additional jobs in the community.
School nutrition programs utilize available commodities in the lunch and breakfast meals.
Many schools and districts in Tennessee participate in the state's Local Foods for Local Schools program, partnering with the community's local food producers to serve locally grown foods in school cafeterias.
The Tennessee School Nutrition Program is pleased to announce the following “Best Practice Award” winners for the 2013-14 school year.
|School Food Authority||School/System||Area of Submission|
|Kingsport City||System submission||Leadership Development|
|Bradley County||System submission||Leadership Development|
|McMinn County||System submission||Leadership Development|
|Jackson Madison County||Liberty Technology Magnet HS||
|Franklin County||Franklin County HS||
|Cumberland County||Pineview Elementary||
|Metro Nashville||System submission||Promoting a Healthy School Environment|
|Bradley County||Waterville Community Elementary||Promoting a Healthy School Environment|
|Knox County||Hardin Valley Academy||Increasing Participation in School Lunch|
|Knox County||Beaumont Magnet Academy||Increasing Participation in School Breakfast|
|Cumberland County||System submission||HACCP Implementation|
|Sevier County||Pigeon Forge Middle School||Creative Use of Commodities|
In addition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Southeast Regional Office recently announced the winners of the twenty first annual “Best Practice Awards” in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP) and Food Distribution Program (FDP). The following are the winners by category, followed by a short summary of their efforts. All of the nominations submitted included excellent examples of best practices within the Child Nutrition Programs.
Winners from the State of Tennessee include the following:
Knox County Schools, Knoxville, Tennessee
Knox County Schools have increased participation in school breakfast and school lunch with special efforts in two schools. Hardin Valley Academy increased their breakfast participation by 13 percent, and their lunch participation by 23.5 percent, by emphasizing customer service and revamping their cafeteria design. At Beaumont Magnet Academy a breakfast in the classroom service was implemented. This has created a more family style eating environment and increased participation by an amazing 107 percent.
Metro Nashville School Nutrition Services, Nashville, Tennessee
Metro Nashville School Nutrition Services (MNPS), have been awarded a Best Practice Award for their collaborative efforts with Alignment Nashville, Metro Health Departments grant communities Putting Prevention to Work, and MNPS parents to create the School Nutrition Committee. Through this partnership nutrition education, food safety, and food quality have improved. There has been an 86 percent increase in the number of fresh produce items served.
Jackson – Madison County School Nutrition Department, Jackson, Tennessee
Jackson – Madison County has received a Best Practice Award for their “Teens Teaching Tots” program. This program is designed to increase the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables among young children. It is a collaborative effort involving the School Nutrition Department and the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department. CTE high school students take their hydroponically-grown produce to elementary schools that have USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Programs and interact with children with lesson plans. The teens also help the young children pick out ingredients for their salads. The schools hosting the program have experienced an increase of 25 percent for salads and vegetables selected.