The School Nutrition Services (SNS) Department at Kingsport City Schools works to provide a variety of healthy and appetizing food options to over 7,100 KCS students and employees each day. Tasked with implementing and meeting USDA guidelines in all meal selections, SNS staff is continually seeking ways to increase service and food choices to meet individual needs and tastes. During the 2014-15 school year, almost 1 million meals were served in KCS cafeterias! Because taste are so different, an initiative to reduce the waste of food was started called Rock and Wrap it Up! This program is organized at each school site giving students the option to donate unopened individually wrapped food verses throwing these items in the trash.
Along with providing the best possible food options, School Nutrition Services staff works to maintain the safest and healthiest dietary environments. All KCS schools are inspected 2 times a year by the Health Department and this year all schools scored a 100 on a health inspection! Four schools (Robinson Middle School, John Adams, Jefferson, and Washington Elementary Schools) received a perfect score of 100 on both annual inspections.
Nutrition Services staff are also constantly on the lookout for new and innovative ways to provide additional services to the children and families of Kingsport. Three schools (Kennedy Elementary, Jackson Elementary and Sevier Middle School) participate in a universal breakfast program that provides a free breakfast to all students, regardless of family income. During the summer of 2015, 3083 breakfasts, 18,934 lunches, and 14,142 snacks were distributed free of charge through the Summer Feeding Program. This unique opportunity was provided at 17 different sites across Kingsport, supporting multiple community agencies. It was yet another way that the KCS School Nutrition Services staff strives to better the health and nutrition of Kingsport’s children.
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