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Cherokee County Schools Provide Meals to Students During Summer Months

Cherokee County Schools in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are providing meals at no charge for children 18 years of age and younger or older students still enrolled in school. Children do not have to be students at a school within our system to participate in this program. All meals must be picked up and eaten off-site. Children must be present if possible to receive a meal. Parents picking up meals without children present will be required to provide their name, children’s ages and names. We ask that you visit only one site when meals are distributed to allow us to reach as many households as possible.. Meals will be picked up at the entrance to the school or other designated area in a drive-thru fashion. Do not exit your car as meals will be brought to you. Please make CNP Staff aware of any allergies your children have. Meals will be distributed as long as supplies last each day.

Dates and times are subject to change. Please direct any questions you may have about the emergency feeding program to Christina Lee, Child Nutrition Program Director for Cherokee County Schools, at 256-927-3397 or at


Pick-up locations are listed below:
Cedar Bluff High School
Centre Middle School
Gaylesville High School
Sand Rock High School
Spring Garden High School
Find Free Meals for Children in Your Area
Central Office CNP Contact Information
Child Nutrition Director:
Christina Lee

Child Nutrition Secretary/Bookkeeper: Cindy Gossett
Field Trip Notification for CNP
Parent Hack!
If your child is having trouble with their lunch code, use it as the unlock code on their devices or your cell phone. This will help them have it memorized in no time!
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.
Meals Served District -Wide for 2018-19 School Year
Break for a Plate-Information About Free Meals for Children
Health Inspection Scores
Cedar Bluff-92
Centre Elementary-97
Centre Middle School-93
Cherokee County High School-96
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 from7:20 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 for $1.00 for paid students, $.30 for reduced-price students, and at no charge for students who qualify for free meals. 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), Jennifer Stewart, Connie Crowe, Kaycee Mize, Bilene Enzor

Centre Elementary 256-927-3302 Ext. 407
Lunchroom Manager: Gayle Hardin
Staff: Carol Rosser (Assistant Manager), Patricia Spurling, Deborah McMahon, Allune Wiggins, Claire Proctor, Kenneth Farley

Centre Middle 256-927-5656 ext. 607
Lunchroom Manager: Johnie 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: VACANT (Assistant Manager), Cindy Kiser, Sheron Hill, Amanda Sanford

Gaylesville 256-927-1738 Ext. 704
Lunchroom Manager: Debra Parker
Staff-Windy Stone (Assistant Manager), Becky VanPelt, Joy Duff, 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:, 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:
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