School Nutrition

School Nutrition Department
School Nutrition Departmental Responsibilities:
Planning and providing nutritious, delicious meals and snacks for students and staff daily data; ensuring adherence to federal and state school nutrition guidelines; maintaining current HACCP plan and undergoing two annual health inspections; overseeing the implementation of Farm to school and communicating school nutrition and wellness information with stakeholders.

Contact our department when you need information or assistance with:
  • Current food & supply bids
  • Current health inspection scores
  • Monthly breakfast and lunch menus
  • Other key wellness initiatives
  • Sale of competitive foods/smart snack information
  • Wellness policy information

All menus are in Adobe Acrobat format so parents can easily print them and stick to your refrigerator or some other place of handy reference. Vegetable subgroups are color-coded to meet the USDA New Meal Pattern Requirements.

Please note all menus are subject to change based on market condition, delivery, food availability, and school activities.

For question regarding all menus please contact:
Emily House- School Nutrition Coordinator/Menu Planner at [email protected]

Documents & Forms

School Nutrition Team Members

Penny Fowler
  Penny Fowler
Director of School Nutrition

[email protected]
Emily House
  Emily House
Nutrition Coordinator

[email protected]
Teresa Wiley
  Teresa Wiley
Training Manager

[email protected]
Maria Rodriguez
  Maria Rodriguez

[email protected]

 School Managers
School Manager
Centennial Arts Academy: Chavon Payne 
Enota MI Academy:
Sherrette Jackson
Fair Street IB School:
Annette King
Gainesville Exploration Academy: Sheryl Hendrix
Mundy Mill Academy:
Amelia Jones
 New Holland Knowledge Academy: Crystal Johnson
Gainesville Middle School:
Mayra Padron
Gainesville High School:
Brandy Thomas
Ninth Grade Center of GHS:
Amy Morrison


Recognition & Awards

  • Golden Radish Award Winners - Platinum
  • Golden Radish Award Winners - Silver 
  • GSNA - Ninth District Gold Scroll 
  • GSNA - Local Silver Scroll
  • SUDIA - Equipment grant recipient 
  • SUDIA - Atlanta Falcons/SUDIA/FUTP60 - Hometown Grant 
  • Farm to School 2020 Vision Award
  • 2021 No Kid Hungry Foundation Award
Georgia Best Practice Award Winners
  • Creative Utilization of USDA Foods 
  • Leadership Development and Training to Achieve Personal Standards 
  • Promoting a Healthy School Environment - Wellness Policy
  • Farm to School Programs 
  • USDA Regional Winners - Farm to School Program 
GCSS School Nutrition Statement:
The Gainesville City School System School Nutrition Program (SNP) strives to provide excellent service in the GCSS cafeterias. There are many things that make our nutrition program wonderful and unique. SNP provides breakfast and lunch to ALL students AT NO COST. For lunch, GCSS SNP strives to offer a nutritious and filling meal to every student.  Each breakfast and lunch contains healthy proteins, whole grains, fruits (fresh or chilled), two (2) vegetable choices (lunch only), and milk. This combination provides students with fuel for learning and nutrients to help keep them healthy. The SNP staff are trained and work hard to prepare foods in healthy ways that are in compliance with health safety standards. To make our selections healthy, SNP maintains that all food is baked or steamed - never fried, either batched cooked or commercially prepared for school nutrition, fresh or frozen when affordable, thus reducing the sodium.

Non-discrimination 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: 

Postal Service:  U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
Fax: (202) 690-7442
Email: [email protected]
 This institution is an equal opportunity provider

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