Griffin-Spalding County Schools participates in the National School Lunch Program and the National School Breakfast Program administered by the United State Department of Agriculture. This allows GSCS students to have access to breakfast and lunch services during school days. The nutrition program operates as a non-profit food service center. All meals are funded either through meal payment by students and staff or through USDA meal reimbursements for students approved for free or reduced priced meals.
USDA and school system policies do not allow students at middle or high school to charge meals. Students must have sufficient funds to pay for meal items when they go through the line or be approved for free or reduced meal services. Meal prices for paid students are $1.25 for breakfast and $2.50 for lunch. Students approved for free meals receive breakfast and lunch at no charge. Approved reduced meal students must pay 30 cents for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch.
Families may apply for free or reduced meal benefits by completing a paper application or online. http://www.schoolunchapp.com. Paper applications are available from your school nutrition manager. Families must reapply each year to determine eligibility for continued services. Parents are responsible for payment for all meals served prior to approval of application. If you have questions about your meal status or completing an application, please contact your school nutrition manager.
If a student at Griffin High does not have money to pay for a meal, they should follow this procedure:
- The student should meet to inform his/her assigned counselor of the hardship prior to the lunch period. Students are assigned to counselors by last name.
- Kelly – (A-F)
- Lacy – (G-N)
- Stewart – (O-Z)
- Wooden – Freshman Academy
- The counselor will assist the student in contacting the parent/guardian to retrieve payment for the meal.
- If the counselor is unable to reach parent/guardian, the counselor will seek assistance from the school social worker in contacting the parent/guardian.
Families are responsible for payment of all meal charges. Your school nutrition manager will be glad to work with you to develop a payment plan to pay off any existing debt.