The Henry County Schools’ Nutrition Programs participate in the federally funded School Breakfast Program (SBP) and National School Lunch Program (NSLP), providing nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free breakfasts and lunches to students each school day. Our programs meet federal nutrition standards, which have been modified to reflect the Institute of Medicine recommendations that were adopted for the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.
A universal free breakfast program, called “Fast Break for Success” is offered in all Henry County schools. The School Breakfast Program (SBP) offers a wide variety of healthy foods, and meets the new requirements for School Year 2015. Research has shown that students who eat a healthy breakfast do better in school.
They also take in more vitamins and minerals, eat less fat and cholesterol, have less chance of becoming overweight and tend to have better overall health. Breakfast is offered every day school is in session with the exception of days when opening is delayed by two (2) hours. Breakfast is served if there is a one (1) hour delay.
Studies have shown that students who participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) have higher average intakes of essential nutrients, consume meals that are lower in fat and added sugars and contain more variety of food choices than meals brought from home. High school students have more meal lines and options available than middle school. A la carte options have also increased in variety over middle school. The NSLP eligible meal is still the best deal for the money, offering an entrée with bread, four side items and milk for one low price.
Students are not permitted to leave school grounds during lunch periods. Parents should not deliver lunch to students at school. All students are required to be in the cafeteria during their assigned lunch block. Students are to report to the cafeteria immediately when the correct bell rings. Restrooms closest to the cafeteria should be used. Lingering in the hallways will not be allowed because the excess noise disrupts instruction. Students are to assist with keeping the dining rooms neat at all times. Trays and paper products are to be deposited at the clean-up counter.
Free and reduced price lunches are available to those who qualify. Applications and information on qualification are sent home at the beginning of each school year, and are available in the school office all year. Menus are available on the Henry County Schools’ website along with nutritional analysis for each menu item.
Meal Pricing for 2020-2021:
Student breakfast – free, Adult breakfast - $2.75
regardless of financial status Adult lunch - $3.75
Student lunch - free Extra Milk - $0.45
Parents are provided with several options to make advance payments for their child’s meals:
- School Cafe – access anytime to make payments online is available with this service. Go to www.schoolcafe.com/HENRYCPS and enroll your
student(s) by following the instructions provided. You will need your student’s full Henry County School ID number. All fees associated with the use of this site are paid by Henry County School Nutrition. Methods of payment: Visa, MasterCard, Bank Debit Card. Money can be put on a “Meals only” account or on a General Account.
- Advance Payment – make one payment for a week or more of meals by cash or check. Please write your student’s name in the “memo” line of any checks. Parents can specify when making payment if they want the money to purchase a set number of meals, or ”on account”, allowing the child to spend it as they please. Any monies not specified are put on account.
*Please Note – School Cafe can be used to track your student’s cafeteria account balance/purchase history even if you use another method of advance payment. Set up an account for your student as specified above.
Advantages to making advance payments through the school or School Cafe:
- Eliminates remembering lunch money every day.
- Teaches your student the importance of managing an account and its balance.
- Removes temptation to spend meal money elsewhere.
- Removes sanitary concerns of handling money immediately prior to eating.