This year, Wayne County parents/guardians have the option

of filling out Free/Reduced Meal Applications online.

 Click here to fill out the application online.

You may choose this option or the paper application but you do not need to do both.



This policy outlines the process of handling student meal charges with zero or negative balances.

 1.    All elementary schools will allow student charges,not to exceed the full-pay student price of five breakfasts and five lunches. These may be any combination of breakfast and lunch meal charges. Middle and high schools will allow student charges,not to exceed the full-pay student price of five lunches. No grade levels will allow charging of a Ia carte items.

 Parents/Guardians are responsible for any and all charges applied to their student's account.

2. The cashier informs a student when a zero balance or low balance is reached and reminds him/her they will need to bring meal money the following day. A notification is sent daily to the school's principal of all charges which have reached a negative balance. At the end of each 9 week grading period, notification of negative meal balances will be sent along with the grade report. At the end of each school year,as of the last 30 days,any negative balance remaining on a student's account will initiate a notification letter from the school reminding them of their negative balance and a second letter if their balance has exceeded the charge limit.

 Letters are prepared by the cafeteria manager,folded in a way to protect the student's privacy, and delivered to the front office.

 Principal decides how the front office confidentially distributes the letters. Cafeteria managers

will not be required to deliver the letters to each classroom.

 3. Students who have account balances that exceed the charge limit and come through the serving line, to include holiday meals,will be allowed to charge. No trays will be taken away.

 4. Federal guidelines prohibit the Child Nutrition Department from writing off bad debts as a result of charged meals in accordance with Federal Policy. The district reimburses the Child Nutrition Department for any bad debts as a result of charged meals at the end of the year.

 5. Families may find assistance with applying for free or reduced price school meals by filling out a Free and Reduced Meal Application or visiting the Wayne County Schools website, and filling out an online application.

6. Adult charging of meals for school system employees may only be allowed with the approval of the principal. No other adult charging will be allowed. Adult charges will be included in the daily charge list provided to the principal. The principal decides how this information is confidentially distributed to the employees listed. Unpaid employee charges remaining toward the end of the school year will be forwarded to payroll to be withheld from the employee's paycheck.

Cafeteria Guidelines

Unpaid Meal Charges

Charges are discouraged. However,it is understood that sometimes there are circumstances that cannot be avoided and charging becomes necessary. Due to this fact,Elementary students may charge up to five (5) days. High school students may charge up to five (S) days. The students will be verbally notified by the cashier when they are reaching this limit. At the point when the limit is reached,the manager will send a note home to the parent/guardian of the

current charges. The manager will also notify school administration during,and at the end of each nine (9) week grading period of delinquent charges.

 The debt to the cafeteria will be considered delinquent if the charges are not paid by the end of each 9-week period. At this point, a call will be made to the parent/guardian, informing them of the unpaid charges. At this point,grades and records will be held by each school administration until unpaid cafeteria charges have been paid. A meal account will be considered bad debt once the student has left the school system, either through transfer, drop-out or graduation.

 This policy will be provided in writing to parents/guardians at registration before each school year begins and also in packets to new,incoming students and transfer students. This written policy will also be given to cafeteria managers, cashiers and school principals.

 Wayne County Schools

Food Services Refund Policy


 Any student who is withdrawn or graduating must submit a Refund Request Form for a refund of any money remaining in their account. Forms should be submitted to the cafeteria manager or to the Food Service Department at the Board of Education. In order for a refund to be issued the form must be filled out and signed by the parent/guardian and include the child’s full name and the address where the refund is to be mailed. Refund request forms are located in each cafeteria, at the Board of Education, or on the district website. Please return completed forms to the cafeteria, or mail/fax to the Food Service Department for processing.

 Wayne County Schools Attn: Food Service Department, 419 S. Main St. P.O. Box 658, Waynesboro, TN 38485. Fax (931) 722-7579.

 Please allow 3 weeks for processing of the Refund Request

Unclaimed Funds

 All refunds must be requested within 90 days of student graduation or withdrawal. After that time unrequested balances will then be considered a donation to Wayne County Schools Cafeteria Fund.




The School Breakfast Program:

A Smart Investment for Student Success

 Too many children start their school day on an empty stomach. Whether they miss this vital meal simply due to a hectic morning schedule, or because there is not enough to eat at home, skipping breakfast comes at a high price for all students – research shows this habit negatively impacts academic performance.


Investing in school breakfast makes sense (and cents!). By contributing to improved student achievement and wellness, the federal School Breakfast Program (SBP) offers a worthy return on investment.


Research demonstrates that school breakfast consumption:

? Boosts students’ academic performance, grades

and test scores

? Increases concentration, alertness, comprehension

and memory

? Improves classroom behavior

? Reduces absenteeism and tardiness


School breakfast participation is also linked to:

? A lower body mass index (BMI)

? Lower probability of being overweight or obese

? Improved diet quality


Federal nutrition standards ensure school breakfast offers nutritious choices including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and low fat milk while meeting limits on calories, unhealthy fat and sodium.


SBP serves 14.7 million students each school day in approximately 90,000 public and private schools nationwide.

Key Sources:

 Basch, C. E. (2011). Breakfast and the Achievement Gap Among Urban Minority Youth. Journal of School Health,

81 (10), 635-640.

 Basiotis, P. P., Lino, M., & Anand, R. S. (1999). Eating breakfast greatly improves school children’s diet quality.

Nutrition Insight, 15. Alexandria, VA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

 Bradley, B, Green, AC. Do Health and Education Agencies in the United States Share Responsibility for Academic Achievement and Health? A Review of 25 years of Evidence About the Relationship of Adolescents’ Academic Achievement and Health Behaviors, Journal of Adolescent Health, 2013; 52(5):523–532.

 Brown, J. L., Beardslee, W. H., & Prothrow-Stith, D. (2008). Impact of School Breakfast on Children’s Health and

Learning. Sodexo Foundation.

 Frisvold, D. E. (2015). Nutrition and cognitive achievement: an evaluation of the School Breakfast Program.

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 Gleason, P. M., & Dodd, A. H. (2009). School breakfast program but not school lunch program participation is associated with lower body mass index. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 109(2 Supplement 1), S118- S128.

 Hanson, K. L., & Olson, C. M. (2013). School meals participation and weekday dietary quality were associated after controlling for weekend eating among U.S. school children aged 6 to 17 years. Journal of Nutrition, 143,


 Kleinman, R. E., Hall, S., Green, H., Korzec-Ramirez, D., Patton, K., Pagano, M. E., & Murphy, J. M. (2002). Diet, breakfast, and academic performance in children. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism, 46(Supplement 1), 24-30.

 Lien, L. (2006). Is breakfast consumption related to mental distress and academic performance in adolescents?

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 Millimet, D. L., & Tchernis, R. (2013). Estimation of treatment effects without an exclusion restriction: with an application to the analysis of the School Breakfast Program. Journal of Applied Economics, 28, 982-1017.

 Murphy, J. M. (2007). Breakfast and Learning: An Updated Review. Journal of Current Nutrition and Food Science,

3(1), 3-36

 Murphy, J. M., Pagano, M., Nachmani, J., Sperling, P., Kane, S., & Kleinman, R. (1998). The Relationship of School Breakfast to Psychosocial and Academic Functioning: Cross-sectional and longitudinal observations in an inner- city sample. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, 152, 899-907.

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For more information,

call (301) 686-3100 and ask for the

Government Affairs and Media Relations Center.

The National School Lunch Program:

Supporting Healthy, Well-Nourished Students

 Balanced nutrition throughout the day contributes to student success in and out of the classroom. The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) offers students fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and fat free or low fat milk with every school lunch. Updated federal nutrition standards also ensure these meals are within age-appropriate calorie levels and limit both unhealthy fats and sodium.

 Multiple studies show that NSLP plays an important role in supporting obesity prevention and overall student health by improving children’s diets and combatting food insecurity:

 Children receiving school lunches consume fewer empty calories and more milk, fruit, vegetables and fiber than their peers - they are also more likely to have appropriate intakes of calcium, vitamin A and zinc.


School lunches are healthier than typical packed lunches - school lunches contained fewer calories, fat, saturated fat and sugar than lunches brought from home.


School lunch participation is associated with a lower body mass index (BMI) - school and child care meals help children maintain a healthy weight.


NSLP reduces food insecurity, which is linked to negative health, development and educational outcomes such as slower progress in math and reading and a higher likelihood of repeating a grade.


NSLP serves 30 million students each school day in approximately 95,000 public and private schools nationwide.

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169(1), 86-90. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2014.2220

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 Condon, Elizabeth, Susan Drilea, Carolyn Lichtenstein, James Mabli, Emily Madden, and Katherine Niland (2015). Diet Quality of American School Children by National School Lunch Participation Status: Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2005– 2010. Project Officer: Jenny Laster Genser. Prepared by Walter R. McDonald & Associates, Inc. and Mathematica Policy Research for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service.

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 Farris, Alisha R. et al. (2014). Nutritional comparison of packed and school lunches in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children following the implementation of the 2012-2013 National School Lunch Program standards. Journal of Nutrition Education & Behavior, 46(6), 621-625. doi:10.1016/j.jneb.2014.07.007

 Gundersen, C., Kreider, B., & Pepper, J. (2012). The impact of the National School Lunch Program on child health: a nonparametric bounds analysis. Journal of Econometrics, 166, 79–91.

 Huang, Jin, and Ellen Barnidge (2016). Low-income children’s participation in the National School Lunch

Program and household food insufficiency,” Social Science and Medicine, 150: 8-14.

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For more information,

call (301) 686-3100 and ask for the

Government Affairs and Media Relations Center.