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Nutritious meals are essential to student productivity. All Metro schools offer breakfast and lunch to every student every school day. We believe no student should be denied nutritious meals and offer both temporary and long-term solutions for students unable to pay for their meals.

For students and families unable to regularly meet the cost, we offer free and reduced priced meals. For students who occasionally may forget their lunch money, we allow meals to be charged with the expectation that the debt will be paid promptly.

This expectation is not always met, leaving uncollected debts in our cafeterias – something prohibited by Federal regulations. Because of this, we will no longer allow high school students to charge meals in school cafeterias, effective February 20, 2012.

Free and reduced price meals are still available for all families who qualify.

To learn more about how to apply for meal assistance, click here.

To see the nutritious options available in our school cafeterias, click here.

For other languages, click here.


School may not be in session, but MNPS Food Services hasn’t slowed a bit. Thanks to a Healthways Foundation grant awarded to a community partnership between MNPS, Alignment Nashville, and Community Food Advocates of Nashville, the department is working on several initiatives that will increase healthy options for students when they return this August.


A major component of the grant is professional development for the district’s food service employees. Roughly 20 cafeteria managers attended the national School Nutrition Conference held earlier this month in Nashville. But Nashville wasn’t just represented in the audience. Chef David Owens, Kathy Wantland and MNPS Food Services Coordinator Deborah Walker served as the spokespersons during the demonstrations in the national Culinary Demonstration. Additionally, Walker sat on the Coordinated School Health Panel discussion along with Gina Proffitt, MNPS’s Coordinated School Health Coordinator, and Karren Stacey, Cafeteria Manager from Cockrill Elementary. The group shared their success stories of the past year with other school-based food service employees from around the nation.


MNPS’ six HealthierUS Schools Challenge award-winning schools and the district Food Services Department have been invited to Washington D.C. for efforts to promote healthier lifestyles! The group will participate in a HealthierUS School Challenge Reception at the White House on July 29. Click through to see a video from the award presentation earlier this spring!


Congratulations to Mt. View Elementary School for their recently announced Bronze Award in the HealthierUS Schools Challenge. Mt. View joins Brick Church Middle, Cockrill Elementary, DuPont Hadley Middle, Fall-Hamilton Enhanced Option, and Hull-Jackson Montessori, all of which were awarded Silver earlier this spring. The program recognizes schools that work to promote healthier lifestyles through nutrition and physical education.


Did You Know? The MNPS Food Services Department will serve more than 6.5 million lunches and 2.3 million breakfasts during the 2010-11 school year. MNPS cafeterias incorporate healthy alternatives – like high-fiber, wheat crust pizza; low-fat turkey-meat corndogs; and low-sugar flavored milks - into the lunch line. Most students gobble these healthier versions up as quickly as they would gobble the unhealthy alternatives. All MNPS meals are planned by a registered dietician, and many of the healthier items are even taste-tested by students prior to serving. Funded under the National School Lunch Act and Child Nutrition Act, the Food and Nutrition Services program at Metro Nashville Public Schools is an extension of the educational programs of the school system. The MNPS food services team takes great pride in offering tasty and nutritious meals to our students, as well as educating students and parents on the importance of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. One way the department will do this is by offering monthly food tips, the first of which focuses on protein. Remember Popeye’s love for spinach? And the bulging biceps he immediately grew after downing the leafy, nutrient-rich greens? While slightly exaggerated, this is a great example of a primary benefit of healthy eating; it's good for the body. Spinach, you see, is an excellent source of iron and protein, among numerous other vitamins and nutrients. Protein specifically is necessary in building and maintaining all body tissues and muscles. It is also an important ingredient for enzymes, hormones and fluids of the body. Food sources of protein are lean meat, poultry, fish, seafood’s, eggs, milk, dry beans, peas, nuts, and yes, spinach! Cereals, breads, vegetables and fruits also provide some protein.Next month, the mineral your body can't do without.

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