School Nutrition Office
1030 Hill Rd.
Dalton, GA 30721
Free & Reduced-Priced Meal Applications Now Available!
Free & Reduced Priced Meal Applications for the 2023-24 school year are now available. All households are encouraged to apply (only one application per household should be submitted).
Families may also download a Free & Reduced Priced Meal Application and return it to their child's school.
Download the Spanish Application
IMPORTANT: For the first 30 days of school, students will receive the benefit they were previously approved for on the last free and reduced-priced meal application submitted. If a new application is not submitted on or before Tuesday, September 19, 2023, the status will change to full-paid. For any questions, please contact the School Nutrition Office at (706) 876-7264.
|Middle & High Schools
|Middle & High Schools
Students have a limited charge privilege. If a student arrives at school without money, they are allowed up to $15.00 in charges. If the student has reached the charge limit, he/she may be provided an alternate meal. Every effort will be made to notify parents of charges and the alternative meal policy at the first negative balance, utilizing automated calls, letters and email. Charges are not allowed for extras or ala carte items.
All adult and guest meals are to be paid by the individual in advance or at the time the meal is selected.
Pay Online or by App
Whitfield County Schools Nutrition Department is excited to offer a new prepay system online with
This new payment option will not replace cash and check payments, but is an additional payment option for your convenience. Features offered by the online solution are:
Pay by Cash
Place money into an envelope, seal, and include the following information on the envelope front:
Pay by Check
Please make checks payable to the school your child attends. It is advisable to use separate checks if you are paying for more than one child to ensure that the correct amount is credited to each child’s account. Please be sure all the following information is included on the check:
All checks deposited into the school nutrition bank account that fail to clear the bank are returned to Checkredi collection service. The check writer’s account will be debited electronically for the amount of the NSF check. The check writer is also liable for a state allowed collection fee.
Pay by Money Order
Please make money order payable to the school and include:
- See your student’s meal balance at anytime from anywhere
- Deposit payments for multiple students in just one click
- Setup recurring payments for monthly or weekly deposits
- Reviewing individual student meal histories
- Automated notifications via email or text when your student’s balance falls below the amount you choose
- Your child’s first and last name
- Teacher’s name
- Student ID Number
- Adult Name
- Physical Address
- Telephone Number
- Your child’s first and last name and ID Number.
- School’s Name
- Your child’s first and last name
- ID Number
STANDARDS FOR SCHOOL NUTRITION
As a part of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) New Meal Pattern, school meals will offer foods and portion sizes recommended by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and are a key component of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. This includes:
The New Meal Pattern raises nutrition standards in schools across the nation and is expected to play a key part of improving the health and nutrition of more than 32 million students nationwide, including the 1.59 million students statewide in Georgia.
We are working diligently to ensure that school nutrition professionals are ready to start applying these positive changes to school meals this year,” said Georgia School Nutrition Division Director, Nancy Rice. “Our state has successfully trained School Nutrition Directors for each local school district. We will also continue to provide resourceful materials so that the implementation of healthier meals will also foster a conversation about healthy food choices at school and at home.
Visit the USDA Food and Nutrition Service website to learn more about the Federal Nutrition Standards for School Meals.
- More whole grain rich-foods
- More fruits and increased varieties of vegetables
- Low-fat and fat-free milk choices
- Sodium reductions and trans-fats removed
- Age-appropriate portion sizes
Students are encouraged to eat school prepared meals. Food items brought from home to be consumed in the school cafeteria should be in appropriate containers such as paper bags or lunch boxes. Containers with advertising (such as Wendy’s, McDonald’s, etc.) and carbonated beverages should not be brought into the school cafeteria.
Summer Nutrition Locations
The Summer Nutrition Program will begin June 5 and go through July 28. Meals will be served every Monday through Friday, excluding July 4. With this program, children 18 and under can receive free meals during summer vacation. No registration. No fee. Children must be present to receive meals.
For locations and approximate delivery times, click here. Routes are subject to change.
Questions? Call the School Nutrition Department at (706) 876-7264 or (706) 876-7266.
SUMMER MEAL SITE FINDER
There are multiple programs that offer free summer meals. The following resources can help you find out where your child(ren) can get healthy, daily meals this summer:
CAREERS IN SCHOOL NUTRITION
Those interested in working in a Whitfield County Schools lunchroom may contact Qualified Staffing. Applicants may complete an application at their office at 1020 Chattanooga Ave, Dalton, GA 30720 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, visit Qualified Staffing's Dalton office, call (706) 370-4695, or email email@example.com.
- USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
- Language & Disability Assistance
- Wellness Program
- Triennial Assessment
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD 3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
- Fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
If you have difficulty communicating with us or understanding this information because you do not speak English or have a disability, please let us know. Contact your child’s school interpreter for assistance. Free language assistance or other aids and services are available upon request. For this information in another language, click here.
The Whitfield County Board of Education recognizes that student wellness and proper nutrition are related to students’ well-being, growth, development, and readiness to learn. The Board is committed to providing a school environment that promotes and protects student wellness, proper nutrition, nutrition education, and regular physical activity as part of the total learning experience. In a healthy school environment, students will learn about and participate in positive dietary and lifestyle practices that can improve student achievement.
To view the full Whitfield County Board of Education Wellness Policy, click here. If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact Angie Brown at email@example.com.