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 nutritional 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.
- Administrative Review Results
The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, as amended by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA), requires a unified accountability system designed to ensure that participating school food authorities (SFAs) comply with National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) requirements. The Act also requires an accountability system that conducts Administrative Reviews to evaluate Program requirements for NSLP and SBP during a three-year cycle. A summary from each district's most recent administrative review can be found below.
- Academy for G.O.D
- Alamo City
- Alcy Academy
- Anderson County
- Aspire Charter Schools
- Bedford County
- Catholic Schools of Memphis
- Chattanooga Charter School Of Excellence (CCSE)
- Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy
- Circles of Success Learning Academy
- Coffee County
- Creative Life Preparatory School
- Florence Crittenton Agency
- Free Will Baptist Ministries
- Germantown Municipal Schools
- Greater Praise Christian Academy
- Green County
- Grundy County
- Hancock County
- Helen Ross McNabb-Gateway Center
- Henderson County
- Henry County
- Huntingdon SSD
- Johnson City
- Johnson County
- King's Daughters School
- Kipp Memphis
- Knowledge Academies
- Lake County
- Lawrence County
- Lebanon SSD
- Loudon County
- Macon County
- Manchester City
- Marshall County
- McKenzie SSD
- Memphis Academy of Health Sciences
- Memphis Delta Prep
- Memphis Rise Academy
- Milan SSD
- New Hope Academy - Franklin
- New Hope Christian Academy - Memphis
- Newport City
- Oak Ridge City
- Overton County
- Polk County
- Richard City
- Scott County
- Shelby County
- Smith County
- Smithson-Craighead Academy
- St. Clement Christian Academy
- Stewart County
- Strive Collegiate Academy
- Sullivan County
- Tennessee School for the Blind
- Tullahoma City
- Van Buren
- Wayne County
- White County
- Benefits of a School Nutrition Program
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 act 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.
- Community Partnerships
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.
- 2015-16 TN School Nutrition Program Best Practice Awards
The Tennessee School Nutrition Program is pleased to announce the following “Best Practice Award” winners for the 2015-16 school year.
School Food Authority School/System Area of Submission Grundy County Grundy County High School Increasing participation in school lunch, breakfast or afterschool snacks Weakley County Westview High School Increasing participation in school lunch, breakfast or afterschool snacks Wilson County Wilson County School Nutrition Program Increasing fruit and vegetable consumption McMinn County McMinn County School Nutrition Program Leadership development Giles County Giles County School Nutrition Program Leadership development McMinn County McMinn County School Nutrition Program Fiscal Management
- 2016 USDA School Nutrition Program Best Practice Awards
Grundy County High School, Altamont, Tennessee
Increasing Participation in School Lunch, Breakfast, or Snacks/ Small SFA Category
Grundy County High School is being recognized for their “Second Chance” Breakfast program. Students at Grundy have the option to either eat before school begins or at the Second Chance Breakfast. This allows students who arrive later or are not hungry first thing in the morning to eat a healthy breakfast. The practice is very cost effective and participation has increased 22% since implementation. The Second Chance breakfast now serves more children than the regular breakfast.
McMinn County School Nutrition, Athens, Tennessee
Fiscal Management/ Small SFA Category
McMinn County School Nutrition is receiving a Best Practices Award for their continuing efforts to control plate costs. Several methods are being used in these efforts including: standardizing work hours, replacing positions only when needed, and participating in the Southeast TN buying group. McMinn has also reduced maintenance costs by replacing inefficient equipment and improved food quality by adding healthier menu items. School Nutrition has also utilized commodities for more entrees and implemented a new POS system. As a result, participation has increased in both Breakfast and Lunch and plate costs have been controlled.