School Nutrition Services Department

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.

U.S. Department of agriculture (USDA)

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:

1.       Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

2.       Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

3.       Email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

2019-20 SY average meals served

  • Breakfasts served daily = 2,059
  • Lunches served daily = 3,329
  • Meals served = 5,388
Contact Us!
Kingsport City Schools
School Nutrition Services Department
400 Clinchfield Street, Ste. 200
Kingsport, TN 37660
Ph: (423) 378.2113
Fax: (423) 378.2109