Cherokee County Schools to Provide Meals to Those 18 and Under at No Cost for SY 21-22

Cherokee County Schools will be using a waiver granted by the USDA to provide breakfast and lunch meals at no cost to those 18 and under for the 2021-2022 school year. If you think you qualify for free or reduced meal benefits and have not submitted your online or paper meal application, please do so as soon as possible so that the proper eligibility status will be on file should the waiver not be extended and so that our percentages of free and reduced students are accurate. Throughout the pandemic, P-EBT cards have been sent out to households receiving free and reduced meals from DHR and you must have a current application on file to qualify for future benefits so get those paper or online applications in!

Information Hotline for P-EBT Questions

Have a question about P-EBT? Call the P-EBT customer service hotline at1-800-410-5827or live chat with a specialist by clicking the red tab at the bottom of this page. Support specialists are available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Central Office CNP Contact Information

Child Nutrition Director:
Christina Lee 256-927-3397

Child Nutrition Secretary/Bookkeeper: Cindy Gossett 256-927-4609

Wellness Policy Updates 2017-18
  1. All schools have been reviewed numerous times throughout the school year and all beverages and snacks sold on campus during the school day other than during exempt fundraisers are compliant with USDA Smart Snack Standards.

  2. All schools submitted exempt fundraiser forms and followed those guidelines appropriately.

  3. The board wellness policy was reviewed by the Alabama State Department of Education and there were no findings.

  4. Nutrition Education information has been provided throughout the year in various formats.

  5. All cafeterias were inspection by the county health department twice this school year and received scores ranging from 99-100 at each inspection.

  6. No findings were reported as to compliance with the wellness policy throughout the school year.

Health Inspection Scores

Cedar Bluff-92 Centre Elementary-97 Centre Middle School-93 Cherokee County High School-96 Gaylesville-97 Sand Rock-99 Spring Garden-97

School Breakfast-Starting the Day off Right!

Did you know that every school cafeteria in our system offers a healthy and nutritious breakfast each school day? Schools serve from 7:20 AM until 7:40 AM and offer healthy options to students so that their minds are fueled up for the day’s educational experience. With hot and cold options available, even picky eaters can find something that they enjoy. Breakfast is available through the Seamless Summer Option at no charge to all students! Menus include items such as sausage biscuit or pancakes and each meal includes a fruit, juice, and milk choice. Cereal choices and cereal bars are also available to offer variety. The Child Nutrition Program has been working on creative ways to increase student breakfast participation. At Gaylesville, the entire campus is participating in Breakfast in the Classroom. Manager Debra Parker wanted to try this option to encourage more students to eat breakfast. Administrator Scott Hays has been vital in working with the CNP staff and the program is thriving! Because of their successful implementation and the support of faculty, students, and parents, every student receives a breakfast at no charge regardless of meal eligibility status. Breakfast in the Classroom has been proven to reduce nurse visits, improve behavior, lessen absenteeism and tardiness, and improve test scores. Teachers and students enjoy breakfast together and students do not have to travel to and from the cafeteria. Kuddos to everyone at Gaylesville High School for understanding the importance of a healthy breakfast to start the day! At Sand Rock, CNP Manager Sarah Battles wanted to find a way to get breakfast to the students in the 3rd-6th Grade Building without them having to travel the distance to the cafeteria. With the support of administrator, Mr. Ben East, the Grab and Go Breakfast Program was born! Sarah travels down to the building each day with various Grab and Go options that the students can easily access. Students can eat together outside on nice days and there is a contingency plan that allows them to eat inside if it is cold or rainy. A mobile computer kiosk allows Sarah to record meals and enables students to have access to their meal accounts. Sarah makes sure that a smiling face is the first thing the students see and the program is growing. Back in the cafeteria, the rest of the CNP staff is working hard to get a hot meal in the hands of students who prefer that option. What a great idea to encourage healthy eating habits! Each school in the county has CNP staff who arrive early in order to make sure that our students have access to breakfast and who work hard to find new ways to improve our breakfast program. Various sites have been trying options to best meet the needs of our valuable customers- the students of Cherokee County Schools! We would like to invite students to have breakfast with us and start the day off ready to learn! We would love to see you in the morning…

School Cafeteria Contact Information

Cedar Bluff 256-927-6211 Ext. 213 Lunchroom Manager: Pam Flynt Staff: Tina Ramsey (Assistant Manager), Kaycee Mize, Amanda Sanford, Tesha Wood, Ginger Harrelson, TBA Centre Elementary 256-927-3302 Ext. 407 Lunchroom Manager: Gayle Hardin Staff: Carol Rosser (Assistant Manager),Elizabeth White, Bilene Enzor, Alloune Wiggins, Claire Proctor, Kenneth Farley Centre Middle 256-927-5656 ext. 607 Lunchroom Manager: Johnnie Holder Staff: Melissa Itson (Assistant Manager), Pat McHan, Lisa Davis, Linda Weaver Cherokee County High 256-927-3625 Ext: 809/816 Lunchroom Manager: Debbie Moon Staff: Jennifer Webb (Assistant Manager), Cindy Kiser, Sheron Hill, Connie Webb Gaylesville 256-927-1738 Ext. 704 Lunchroom Manager: Debra Parker Staff-Windy Stone (Assistant Manager), Becky VanPelt, Brenda Peek, Lona Beuckens Sand Rock 256-927-1735 Ext. 902 Lunchroom Manager: Sarah Battles Staff: Amy Justus (Assistant Manager), Casey Kennedy, Brittany Tinsley, Paige Williams, Rebecca Clanton, Christy Royer Spring Garden 256-927-7045 Ext. 523 Lunchroom Manager: Rhonda Ellis Staff: Amy Twilley (Assistant Manager), Shirley Black, Wendy Young, Lynn Baswell

USDA Nondiscrimination 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, disability, age, 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: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.