The School Nutrition Services (SNS) Department at Kingsport City Schools works to provide a variety of healthy and appetizing food options to over 7,300 KCS students and employees each day. It continually seeks ways to increase service and food choices to meet individual needs and tastes while meeting USDA guidelines. During the 2015-16 school year, nearly one million meals were served in KCS cafeterias! At the same time, schools have implemented student-led initiative to reduce the waste of unopened food, by collecting individually unwrapped food items that are then donated to classmates and/or families in need.
Along with providing the best possible food options, SNS staff works to maintain the safest and healthiest dietary environments. All KCS schools are inspected two times a year by the Tennessee Department of Health. During the 2015 fall semester, two schools scored a 99 with the remaining schools receiving a score of 100. In the 2016 spring semester, all schools scored a perfect 100 during health inspections.
SNS staff are also constantly on the lookout for new and innovative ways to provide additional services to the children and families of Kingsport. This year at Dobyns-Bennett High School, a one our lunch schedule called "Tribe Time" was implemented from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Tribe Time offers 2,300 students lunch in this abbreviated time frame, with three new food kiosk stations set up throughout the building in addition to six serving lines in the cafeteria. The kiosk stations were also used to provide a new popular option called Second Chance Breakfast that offers students a gran-n-go breakfast option between A & B block each morning.
During the summer of 2016, 3,188 breakfasts, 22,085 lunches and 15,703 snacks were distributed free of charge through the Summer Feeding Program. This represented an increase of 4,800 additional meals and snacks over the previous year! This unique opportunity provided at 18 different sites across Kingsport and supporting multiple community agencies, was yet another way that the KCS SNS staff strive to better the health and nutrition of Kingsport's children.
Also in the summer of this year, SNS sough Kingsport Board of Education approval for a new federal program called Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). Under CPE, six schools ththroughout KCS (Lincoln Elementary, Johnson Elementary, Kennedy Elementary, Jackson Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary and Sevier Middle school) are eligible to provide no-cost breakfast and lunch meals to students regardless of family income. With Board approval for Fall 2016, more students now have the opportunity to receive a healthy meal each day.
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