Children's Nutrition

Welcome to the Child Nutrition Program Home Page. It is our goal to ensure that all students and faculty have access to healthy meals served in a safe and pleasing environment.

The Child Nutrition Program operates under the supervision of The National School Lunch Program. The NSLP is a federally assisted meal program operating in over 100,000 public and non-profit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost, or free lunches to more than 29 million children each school day. To apply for benefits, click on Application for Free and Reduced Meal Benefits to the left, or contact your local school.

School lunches must meet the applicable recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which recommend that no more than 30 percent of an individual's calories come from fat and less than 10 percent from saturated fat. Regulations also establish a standard for school lunches to provide one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowances of protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, calcium, and calories.

Any child at a participating school may purchase a meal through the National School Lunch Program. Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the poverty level are eligible for free meals. Those with incomes between 130 percent and 185 percent of the poverty level are eligible for reduced-price meals, for which students can be charged no more than 40 cents.

Child Nutrition
Child Nutrition Staff
Total Wellness Policy

The Etowah County Board of Education is dedicated to planning and providing a school environment that enhances learning and the development of lifelong wellness practices. The Board believes that healthy staff can more effectively perform their assigned duties and model appropriate wellness behaviors for students. This policy encourages a holistic approach to staff and student wellness that is sensitive to individual and community needs.

Etowah County Schools Total Wellness Policy


In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, no child will be discriminated against because of race, color, national origin, age, or disability. If you believe you have been discriminated against, write to The Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250.

We are an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Collection of Race and Ethnicity Data for School Meal Programs

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) requires all School Meal Program sponsors to collect race and ethnicity data of applicants and participants.  The purpose of this data collection effort is to determine how effectively School Meal Programs are reaching potentially eligible students.  Responses have no effect on eligibility.

The purpose for collecting race and ethnicity data is to determine how effectively School Meal Programs are reaching potentially eligible students. Provision of this data is voluntary, responses are kept confidential, and have no effect on eligibility.