Tift County Schools

NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH WEEK

Tift County School Nutrition is proud to be among the thousands of school districts who are responsible for serving healthy meals to students in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. Georgia ranks fifth nationwide in school meals participation. In 2012, there was an average of 1.2 million lunches served, and 554,936 breakfasts served each day. That means 74 percent of the students eat lunch and 34 percent of the students eat breakfast. The federal government subsidizes these meals to all children. In Georgia, 58 percent of the students are eligible for a free or a reduced-price meal. With the new CEP (formerly CEO), all children of Tift County receive breakfast and lunch at no cost.

The School Nutrition Program adheres to the US Dietary Guidelines to decrease salt and fat, increase fiber, whole grains, and fresh fruits and vegetables in students' meals. We also promote the Farm to School effort. This is a nationwide effort to connect school districts with local farmers for the purpose of serving healthy school meals while utilizing local fresh foods. The After School Snack Program is an organized and supervised program for students, containing an educational or enrichment component for students. Many schools are offering this program for middle and high school students who participate in sports as a guided, concentrated study period with a healthy snack before practice begins. We are proud to say here in Tift County that currently all of our football players from sixth grade to twelfth grade along with high school basketball players are participating in this wonderful opportunity.

During the summer months when school is not in session, we offer every child from 0-18 years of age an opportunity to participate in the Seamless Summer Meals Option. All children in Tift County can enjoy healthy meals year round.

Georgia has a long and rich history of serving nutritious meals and providing nutrition education to help students practice healthy habits for a lifetime of wellness. As we’ve said before: we think food because they can’t think without it!