The School Nutrition Services department works to provide a variety of healthy and appetizing food options to over 7,000 KCS students and employees each day. Tasked with implementing and meeting USDA guidelines in all meal selections, SNS staff are continually seeking ways to increase service and food choices to meet individual needs and tastes. During the 2019-20 school year, almost one million meals were served in KCS cafeterias! At the same time, a student-led initiative to reduce the waste of unopened food was continued, giving students the option to donate food items to classmates and/or families in need.
Along with providing the best possible food options, School Nutrition Services 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 2019 fall semester, all schools scored a 100 during health inspections except Sevier Middle School (98), Jackson Elementary (99), and Johnson Elementary (97). All schools received a perfect score of 100 during the spring semester health inspections!
During the summer of 2019, 2,752 breakfasts, 27,086 lunches, and 21,556 snacks were distributed free of charge through the Summer Feeding Program. This represented an increase of 7,312 additional meals and snacks over the previous year. This unique opportunity was provided at 23 different sites across Kingsport, supporting multiple community agencies, and was yet another way that the KCS School Nutritional Services staff strives to better the health and nutrition of Kingsport’s children.
In the summer of 2020 school year, SNS sought school board approval to continue the successful federal program called Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). Under CEP, five schools in our district (Lincoln 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 CEP, more students have the opportunity to receive a healthy meal so they can learn each day.
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.