The Clarke County School Nutrition Program is a partner in education, contributing to the academic success of students by encouraging a lifetime of healthy eating through our breakfast & lunch meal programs. Our meals utilize a variety of locally-grown produce and foods. Last year, we spent approximately $578,100.16 on items that were grown and/or processed and shipped within Georgia. We increased our Georgia Grown purchases by 87% when compared to SY2018, and we continue to work towards meeting Georgia Department of Agriculture's Vision 2020 goal. We strive to incorporate these items into delicious and nutritious menu items, which are prepared and served by caring, dedicated professional staff in a friendly environment. All of our school facilities provide meal service that meets the USDA dietary guidelines.
Thank you for sharing your students with us each and every day. We love serving our Clarke County superstars!
Harvest of the Month: September
September is ALL about celebrating GA Grown Apples! This month, our apples will come from local orchards in Northeast Georgia. Try some of them when you eat with us at lunch!
Friday, September 13th is "Crunch 4 Lunch" Day! Our seven FFVP schools will serve apples in honor of this day, so that these students can "crunch" together when the FFVP snack is served throughout their school day!!
Try Day Friday - Friday, September 27th!
Participating elementary schools will serve samples of delicious and nutritious graffiti (aka purple) and cheddar (aka yellow/orange) cauliflower at lunch time! Graffiti cauliflower gets it purple hue from anthocyanins, and cheddar cauliflower gets its color from a genetic mutation that allows the plant to hold more beta carotene. Don't miss out! Make sure to grab your sample at lunch on Try Day Friday, September 27th!!
World School Milk Day - Wednesday, September 25th
All school cafeterias will unite and celebrate World School Milk Day! Stay tuned for fun details...they will be shared soon!
Golden Radish Award Ceremony - Monday, October 22nd
Paula Farmer, Director of School Nutrition, represented the Clarke County School District and accepted their Golden Radish Award at the Platinum level. The Golden Radish Award publicly recognizes Georgia school districts for best practices in farm to school programs, such as local food procurement, exposing students to new foods through taste tests, and incorporating gardening and cooking activities in curriculum. CCSD was one of 84 school districts recognized at the awards. Collectively, these districts served more than 1.3 million students a whopping 109 million school meals with locally-grown food items during the 2017-2018 school year.
Clarke County School District was also presented the inaugural "Innovative Community Partnership" award by Department of Public Health. This award recognized the district for their extensive partnership and programs with local restaurants, Americorps, UGA "Grow It, Know It" and UGA Extension, local farmers, the local food bank and other community partners.
Civil Rights Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Notice for Language and Disability Assistance for the School Nutrition Program
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: Dr. Anna Morgan, ADA Coordinator, at 706.546.7721. Free language assistance or other aids and services are available upon request.