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Welcome to the School Nutrition Department!

NOTE TO PARENTS: Breakfast and lunch is served at NO COST to ALL of the students in the JMCSS (regardless of their household's economic status). 

If a student currently has a cash balance in his/her account, it will transfer with the student if the student changes schools. 

The School Nutrition Department will continue to sell a la carte items such as extra milk, 100% Fruit Juice, and entrees.  Payments for a la carte items can still be made online or sent to school with the student. 


Good nutrition and learning go hand in hand!

 The JMCSS School Nutrition Department is made up of a team of food and nutrition professionals that are dedicated to students' health, well being and their ability to learn. We support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices.
Meals, foods and beverages sold or served at schools meet state and federal requirements which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. We provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.

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School Nutrition Department Awards:

The JMCSS School Nutrition Department received a USDA Best Practice Award in 2010 and 2011 for Increasing Breakfast Participation and in 2012 for our Healthy Cafe' Concept. Likewise, the Nutrition Department has just been honored with the 2013 USDA Best Practice Award for our Farm to Tray Program. Our Farm to Tray Partnership just received a 2014 USDA Best Practice Award for increasing student fruit and vegetable consumption-The practice is Teens Teaching Tots. 

Receiving one USDA Best Practice Award is a great honor - but to receive five awards is phenomenal! Twelve JMCSS schools and cafeterias received the 2014 Healthier US School Challenge Award. The Healthier US School Challenge is a voluntary national certification initiative for schools participating in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. It supports First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign by recognizing schools that are creating healthier school environments through their promotion of good nutrition and physical activity.

Sponsored by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), the initiative encourages all schools take a leadership role in helping students to make healthier eating and physical activity choices that will last a lifetime.

We strive to go the extra mile and offer our students the best!

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Click the button above to see how Jackson Madison County Schools' wellness efforts compare to other districts across our state and the Nation!



Alison Pyron - Director of School Nutrition

   Jackson-Madison County Schools

Our Wellness Policy:

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Note: The JMCSS Student Wellness Policy was last updated in 2016.  If anyone in the community is interested in serving on the Student Wellness Policy Advisory Committee please contact Susan Johnson, JMCSS School Nutrition Director -