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Summer Meals

Parents/guardians, find out where your child/children can get healthy, daily meals this summer.

There are multiple programs that offer free summer meals. Check all these sources to see if there is a meal distribution site in your area:

1. Use the free, web-based Summer Meal Site Finder application at
USDA Summer Food Rocks

2. Text FOODGA to 877877;

3. Call the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY;

4. Go to (a year-round service)

2018-19 Vidalia City School Nutrition Program

The National School Lunch Program was established in 1946 in an effort to provide a nutritional lunch to children. Later, the National School Breakfast Program was made available in schools, and only recently, the After School Snack Program was added to After School Care Programs. School meals have changed throughout the years, and presently offer a greater variety of foods in order to appeal to all students.

The Vidalia City Schools Cafeterias serve approximately 2600 meals daily, to students in grades Pre-K through 12.
With the support and participation of parents and students, our School Nutrition Program continues to meet its basic
purpose of feeding children healthy meals.

Vidalia Comprehensive High School

Tina Wheeler



Breakfast (Reduced)


Lunch (Reduced)






Free and Reduced Meals

All students at Vidalia Comprehensive High School will be presented with a free and reduced meal application at the first of each school year. Parents MUST fill out an application EVERY year!  After being processed, qualifying students will receive a free, reduced or paid letter informing parents of their child's status. A student receiving SNAP or TANF benefits will also receive a letter informing them of their status. Please check with us to know if anyone in your household is receiving SNAP or TANF benefits. If your child at Vidalia High School does not receive a letter from the school or an application, please call 912-537-0861 to make sure your child is eating free.  

If you receive food stamps and don’t receive an approval letter by the end of August, you will need to contact the lunchroom manager to confirm if your child eats free meals.

This is your responsibility as parents and you will be responsible for all meals that your child charges on their account.

ONLY ONE (1) APPLICATION SHOULD BE RETURNED PER HOUSEHOLD with all students in the household listed on the one application.  

** Parents who are not interested in applying for free or reduced price meals do not need to fill out the entire application.

Simply put your child(ren's) name on the application and write "REFUSED" across in big letters**  If you do not return with "REFUSED" application with your child's name on application, you will continue to get all computer generated letters for Free and Reduced lunches!.

Pay Online: Teachers, staff and parents can now pay online, check your balance or just check to make sure your child is eating during the day.

The only time you pay the $2.00 fee is when you add money to the account. It's easy, just click here to start your account!  Click picture to pay on line or go to 

Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Letter to Parents
J. D. Dickerson Primary School Manager: Sue Sullivan   912-537-7071
Sally D. Meadows Elementary School  Manager: Teresa Hunt    912-537-3787
J.R. Trippe Middle School  Acting Manager:Juanita Monroe 912-537-217

Dear Parent or Guardian of Vidalia City School Students:

We are pleased to inform you that J.D. Dickerson Primary, Sally D. Meadows, and J.R. Trippe will be participating in a new option available to schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for School Year 2016-2017.

What does this mean for you and your children attending the school(s) identified above?

Great news!!  All enrolled students (PreK – 8th  grade) of J.D. Dickerson Primary, Sally D. Meadows Elementary, and J.R. Trippe Middle School

are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at school at no charge to your household each day of the 2016-2017 school year. No further action is required of you except to make sure your child(ren) participate in the program. Meals are completely free and you don’t need to fill out an application if your children attend J.D.D. Primary, SDM Elementary or J.R. Trippe Middle School!! Their information will still need to go on the Vidalia High School Application if you are applying for free lunches there.

Unfortunately, Vidalia Comprehensive High School does not meet the requirements set forth by the USDA to be a CEP school, so your child(ren) enrolled at VHS must fill out an application if they are presented  with one EVERY NEW SCHOOL Year. Parents will be notified of eligibility if you receive certain services from DFACS.

Parents at all schools are still responsible for any charges made in previous years. Please contact your school manager or Denise Parson, School Food Service Director at 912-537-9738 or Your child will be presented with a charge letter each week until balance is paid off.

Let me encourage you to allow your children to participate in the School Nutrition Program by eating with us every day for breakfast and lunch!  The only way this program will work and continue being free to all students through the coming years is if we have good student participation!!

All students at the CEP schools will be required to go through the lunch line where they will be offered a supplement to their lunch boxes, if they bring one, that is completely reimbursable.  We would like to get credit for all students at each school by offering a completely reimbursable meal to supplement those that bring lunchboxes, so please, encourage your students to pick up the supplement every day.

If our team at VCS School Foodservice can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at 912-537-9738 or


$1.80 Breakfast and $3.50. See the faculty handbook for SNP policies.


Check out your child's school website for updated lunch menus. School meals are planned with students in mind. Menu selections are based on the foods they prefer. All menus must meet the United States Department of Agriculture requirements, and successfully implement the Healthy School Meals Initiatives and Dietary Guidelines. All schools offer a choice of entrees daily.

For more information about the School Nutrition Program in Vidalia City Schools, contact Ms. Denise Parson, Vidalia City Schools Nutrition Director, 1001 North Street Street, Vidalia, GA 30474 or call 537-9738.

Below are the newest health inspection scores as of September 2015.

We have health inspections 2 times a school year.

J. D. Dickerson           100         100

Sally Meadows           100         99

J. R. Trippe                 100         100

Vidalia High School    100       100

Any deficiencies noted have been reported to the appropriate personnel so corrections could be made. Scores will be sent in to the Georgia Department of Education and posted on our web page.

VCS  Wellness Policy Comments and suggestions Needed!

Parents, students, community leaders and VCS employees are invited to make comments and suggestions for 30 days on this Wellness Policy.  

Contact Denise Parson at 912-537-9738 or at

Vidalia City Schools


Date Issued: 2017-2018

Goals for Nutrition Education

To achieve the Vidalia City Schools District Wellness Policy EEE:

The district will have a Wellness Council to engage students, parents, teachers, food service professionals, health professionals, the school board, administrators, and other interested community members in developing, implementing, monitoring, and reviewing district-wide wellness policy, goals and practices for comprehensive school health. The council’s purpose will be to address health issues using a coordinated approach in order to improve student health and wellness.

The Wellness Council is an independent council or committee incorporated into an existing school council or committee. Each school is encouraged to identify a school wellness policy coordinator, who will help ensure compliance with the policy.                                                                           

This plan outlines the district’s approach to ensuring environments and opportunities for all students to practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors throughout the school day. This plan establishes goals and procedures to ensure that:

§  Students in the district have access to healthy foods throughout the school day—both through reimbursable school meals and other foods available throughout the school campus—in accordance with Federal and state nutrition standards;

§  Students receive quality nutrition education that helps them develop lifelong healthy eating behaviors;

§  Students have opportunities to be physically active before, during, and after school;

§  Schools engage in nutrition and physical activity promotion and other activities that promote student wellness;

§  School staff are encouraged and supported to practice healthy nutrition and physical activity behaviors in and out of school;

§  The community is engaged in supporting the work of the district in creating continuity between school and other settings for students and staff to practice lifelong healthy habits; and

§  The district establishes and maintains an infrastructure for management, oversight, implementation, communication, and evaluation of the policy and its established goals and objectives.

This plan applies to all students, staff, and schools in the district.

 I.    Introduction and Background Information

 On June 30, 2004, President George W. Bush signed Law 108-265, the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004. This law requires that each local educational agency participating in a program authorized by the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq) or the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq) to establish a local school wellness policy by July 1, 2006.

§  Appendix – Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004

 In June 2006, the Vidalia City Board of Education adopted Policy EEE – Wellness Policy to address the requirements of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004.

 §  Appendix – Board Policy EEE – Wellness Policy

 In December 2010, President Barack Obama signed The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010. This law required the establishment of national regulations for all foods sold in the breakfast and lunch programs.

 §  Appendix – Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

 In July 2014, the regulations of HHFKA were expanded to cover the entire school building. This is known as the Smart Snacks Guidelines. In July 2016, the HHFKA finalized the regulations for the Local School Wellness Policy Implementation.

 §  Appendix – Smart Snacks in School Nutrition Standards

 As required by law, the Vidalia City Schools Wellness Policy includes:

 §  Goals for nutrition education and promotion, physical education and activity, and other school-based activities that are designed to promote student wellness;

 §  Nutrition guidelines for all foods sold during the school day with the objectives of promoting student health;

 §  Guidelines for reimbursable school meals

 §  A plan for fostering community involvement and notification, including parents, students, the school board, school administrators, and the public in the development and implementation of the school wellness policy

 §  A plan for monitoring and measuring implementation of the wellness policy

 II.    Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child: School Level Wellness Council and/or School Level Councils

 Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) is a ten component model created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention addressing the emotional and physical needs of everyone in the school setting: students, teachers and administrators. The components include the following: Physical Education and Physical Activity; Health Education; Health Services; Counseling, Psychological & Social Services; Social and Emotional School Climate; Physical Environment; Employee Wellness; Community Involvement; Family Engagement; and Nutrition Environment and Services. Schools can modify the model to fit the needs of their schools, students and communities.  

 III.    Goal Areas for School Level Wellness Plans

 Nutrition Education and Promotion

  1. Nutrition Guidelines for Foods Available During the School Day
  2. Other School-Based Activities that Promote Wellness
  3. Physical Education and Physical Activity
  4. Public Notification: Communication Engaging Parents, School Board/Administrative Staff and the Community

Implementation and Evaluation

 The following objectives and standards are outlined for each goal area. The school level wellness council should comply with the goals of the district wellness policy and choose to implement one or more standards for each goal.

    IV.    School Wellness Council

Vidalia City Schools convenes a representative district wellness council that meets at least one time per year to establish goals for and oversee school health and safety policies and programs, including development, implementation, and periodic review and update of the district wellness policy EEE. The district allows parents, students, school nutrition staff, teachers of physical education, school health professionals, the school board, school administrators, and the general public to participate in the development, implementation, and periodic review and update of the wellness policy. The district wellness council meetings are announced to the public to receive feedback in the development, implementation, review and any updates to the wellness policy. 

District Wellness Council Leadership
District Wellness Council Leadership

1. Nutrition Education and Promotion

 Vidalia City Schools aims to teach, model, encourage, and support healthy eating for all students throughout the school campus. Nutrition education and promotion positively influences lifelong eating behaviors by using evidenced-based techniques and nutrition messages, and by creating food environments that encourage healthy nutrition choices and participation in school meal programs. Nutrition promotion includes marketing nutritious foods and beverages to students throughout the school campus.

Goal/Objective: To provide nutrition education experiences that support the instructional component to improve students’ eating behaviors and help develop healthy lifestyle practices and to encourage and support nutritious eating by students and adults.


Educational Reinforcement (Public Involvement)

Collaborate with other school and community groups to conduct nutrition education activities such as health fairs, career days, health/nutrition professional presentations, etc.

·  School wellness committee

·  PTA/PTO and other parent volunteer’s organizations including Red Cross blood drive (9-12), Southeastern T       Technical College, Southeastern Early College and Career Academy (SECCA).

·  Nonprofit health and community organizations such as Family Connection, 21st Century, and many more


Cafeteria Based Nutrition Education and Promotions at the School

The school supports coordinated school nutrition programs with cafeteria-based lessons and activities that promote and reinforce healthy school nutrition environments. School Nutrition staff conduct promotions and nutrition activities that include students, staff and community.


§  School Nutrition staff visit classrooms and explain how the school food service program ensures that meals meet U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrition standards and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

§  Classes visit the cafeteria kitchen for a tour and demonstration on how meals are prepared.

§  Involve students in planning the school menus.

  • Display nutrition posters in the cafeteria and distribute nutrition information.
  • Invite School Nutrition staff to conduct training sessions, presentations and/or information about the School Nutrition Program for students, staff and parents.


Curriculum Content Areas

The school supports the comprehensive health education curriculum nutrition concepts and skills in accordance with curriculum standards.

Education Links with School

Staff created nutrition education lessons in the school cafeteria and classroom by coordinating with the school nutrition manager and teachers. Staff integrates nutrition education with other school health initiatives.

Marketing on the School Campus Complies with USDA Standards

Only food items that meet USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards are marketed on the school campus during the school day

· Appendix –Smart Snacks in School Nutrition Standards

2. Nutrition Guidelines for Foods Available During the School Day

Vidalia City Schools is committed to serving healthy meals to children, with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free and low-fat milk; moderate in sodium, low in saturated fat, and zero grams trans-fat per serving; and to meet the nutrition needs of school children within their calorie requirements.

All schools within the district participate in USDA child nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), the School Breakfast Program (SBP), and where applicable, After School Snacks, and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

The district operates additional nutrition-related programs and activities, at applicable schools, which includes: Mobile Breakfast & lunch Carts and Grab ‘N’ Go Breakfast & lunch.

School menus will be posted on the district website and individual school websites. All school nutrition program menus are created and reviewed by highly qualified school nutritionists. The school nutrition program is administered by a team of child nutrition professionals.

The district is committed to ensure that all food and beverages made available to students on the school campus during the school day supports healthy eating. Organizations that sell food and beverages during the school day should meet USDA guidelines. Organizations that sell food/snacks outside of the school nutrition program and those who bring class snacks from home are encouraged to meet the USDA guidelines for Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards. These standards apply at all locations and services that food and beverages are sold to students during the school day, which may include, but are not limited to, a la cart options in cafeterias, and snack or food carts. No foods shall be served or sold 30 minutes before, after, or during breakfast and lunch per Vidalia City Schools Board of education Policy (EEE-R1)

Goal/Objective: To provide students with a variety of affordable nutritious meals and snacks. To plan all menus in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations, rules, and guidelines.


Foods available during the School Day

School meals and after-school snacks adhere to federal, state, and local regulations and guidance as issued by the Secretary of Agriculture under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Georgia Board of Education, and Vidalia City Board of Education. Local menus for breakfast, lunch and after-school snacks are followed as written with minimum menu substitutes.

Extra Food Sales in Cafeteria

All foods sold in school adhere to federal, state, and Vidalia City School regulations and guidance as issued by the Secretary of Agriculture under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Georgia Board of Education, and Vidalia City Board of Education.  

·  Appendix – Smart Snacks in School Nutrition Standards

Vending/Student Stores/Concession Stands

Schools follow the existing Vidalia City Board Policy (EEE-R (1) Sales of Food on School Premises will be enforced during school hours. After school organizations are encouraged to follow these rules as well.

· Appendix –Board Policy EEE-R (1) – Sales of Food on School Premises


Schools follow the existing Vidalia City Board of Education fund raising policy/procedure (EEE-R (1); Fund Raising Standards do not apply during non-school hours, on weekends and at off-campus fundraising events. The standards do not apply to fundraisers in which the food or beverage is clearly not for consumption on the school campus during the school day (ex. Bulk cookie dough, bulk pizza dough, vouchers for food, etc). No food fundraiser shall sell or serve food 30 minutes before or 30 minutes after breakfast, 2nd chance breakfast, or lunch serving times.

· Appendix – Board Policy/Procedure EEE-R (1) – Fund Raising


Food provided, but not sold, to students during the school day should meet Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards.

 This includes classroom snacks/instructional use of food, snacks offered during student meetings during the school day, and student celebrations and recognition.

 Use of nonfood treats as a reward is encouraged.

 A recommended list of healthy snack choices for service and consumption by students is included as a resource for school staff, parents and administrators.  

 · Appendix – Recommended List for Healthy Snacks


Unflavored drinking water is available to all students throughout the school day. All cafeterias and hallways have water fountains.


Schools maintain files to document that all items sold within the school meet the Smart Snack requirements. This includes nutrition fact labels and ingredient statements for each item.

3. Other School-Based Activities to Promote Wellness

Vidalia City Schools promote health and wellness to all students and staff members. Schools will provide a clean, healthy and safe environment.

Goal/Objective: To provide school-based activities designed to promote student and staff wellness.


Encourage student and staff members to improve their health and wellness through promotions and programs


  • Health screenings- yearly flu shots, wellness checkups
  • Physical activity and fitness-Local fitness center discounts to staff.
  • Nutrition education- health classes, 21st century.
  • Influenza vaccinations – reminders from school nurse and superintendents office.
  • Stress management in-services/activities- Yearly in-service for system faculty and staff
  • Place health information into newsletter articles, brochures and e-mail messages

Promote a clean, healthy, safe environment conducive to maximizing instructional focus. A healthy, clean and safe environment will promote a positive effect on students and the school staff.

§  School Nutrition Services will insure that school meals are served in a clean and pleasant setting.

§  Dining areas will be attractive and have sufficient space for seating.

§  School administration will provide appropriate supervision in school cafeteria areas and serve as role models to students.

§  Schools will provide safe, clean, and hygienic-supported restrooms. Hand-washing equipment, soap, and supplies will be placed in convenient places so that students and staff can wash their hands before eating and other appropriate times. Students will have the opportunity to wash hands or have access to hand sanitizing before they eat meals or snacks and at other appropriate times.  

§  Appendix – Hand-washing Training

§  Water fountains will be available for students to get water throughout the day.

§  School classrooms will be kept clean and neat.

§  Schools will have appropriate required safety plans.

§  Schools will meet the district policy on staff being trained in CPR and AED equipment.

Schedule meal times to provide adequate time for students to enjoy eating healthy foods.

Students are allowed a minimum of 20 minutes to eat after sitting down for lunch.   Lunch should be scheduled between 10:00AM and 1:00PM daily, with the exception of lunch starting as early as 9:30AM on early release days.

 Schools should not schedule tutoring, club, or organizational meetings or activities during meal times, unless students may eat during such activities.

Food Safety

All foods not prepared by trained district school nutrition staff on campus and made available to students, should be purchased from a reputable commercial establishment to ensure the safety of students. This does not pertain to an individual student’s lunch from home.

 Schools discourage students from sharing their foods or beverages with one another during meal or snack times, with respect to allergies and other dietary restrictions.

 Each food preparation site is represented by at least one person credentialed in food safety.

 All food handlers and foods available on campus adhere to food safety standards.

 Sanitation deficiencies sited on local inspections are corrected immediately, including facility deficiencies.


4.  Physical Education and Physical Activity

 Children and adolescents should participate in physical activity, daily (see standards below).

A substantial percentage of students’ daily physical activity requirements can be met through comprehensive school-based physical activity programs. The district will provide students with physical education, using age appropriate, sequential physical education curriculum consistent with national and state standards for physical education.

 Goal/Objective:  To provide students with opportunities for a quality physical education and daily physical activity. To provide these opportunities for each student in order to foster an understanding of the short and long-term benefits of a physically active and healthy lifestyle.

Public Notification: Communication Engaging Parents, School Board/ Administrative Staff and the Community

 Vidalia City Schools will promote to parents/caregivers, families, and the general community the benefits of and approaches for healthy eating and physical activity throughout the school year. Families will be informed and invited to participate in school-sponsored activities and will receive information about health promotion efforts.

 Goal/Objective: To promote clear and consistent messages those explains and reinforce healthy eating and physical activity habits. Messages will be directed to students, staff, parents, and the community.


Public Notification

The Vidalia City Schools Wellness Council will use electronic (such as email or displaying notices on the school website) and/or non-electronic (such as newsletters or presentations) to ensure that all families are actively notified of the content of, implementation of, and updates to the wellness policy, as well as how to get involved and support the policy.

Promote messages in school communications that exemplify:

·  Healthy foods taste good and are good for you

· Fitness is fun

·  Healthier students are smarter students

·  Our school provides healthy foods for our students and staff

· Our school promotes healthy lifestyles

Engage parents through activities that promote healthier lifestyles


§  PTA/parent activity nights

§  School, community, charity and foundation fun runs, walks, fund raisers

Chick Fil A Annual Run, Vidalia Onion Festival Run.

§  Post nutrition tips on the school website

§  Send home nutrition information with children

§  Share information about local active events and/or education, through the website or take-home materials.

§  Assign homework that prompts family discussion on healthy habits.

Establish partnerships with community organizations and make outreach to groups that support the school’s wellness goals

Schools will collaborate with other school and community groups to conduct nutrition education activities such as health fairs, career days, health/nutrition professional presentations, etc.

·   School wellness committee

·   PTA/PTO and other parent volunteer’s organizations including Red Cross blood drive (9-12), Southeastern Technical College, Southeastern Early College and Career Academy (SECCA).

Nonprofit health and community organizations such as Family Connection, 21st Century, and many more.

Communicate activities to news media and/or social media that promote the school’s wellness initiatives


 §  News releases promoting school sponsored wellness activities

§  Photographs of activities

§  District and school website notifications

Implementation and Evaluation

 Vidalia City Schools will develop and maintain a plan for implementation to manage and coordinate the execution of the wellness policy. At least once every three years, the district will evaluate compliance with the wellness policy to assess implementation.

Goal/Objective: To measure implementation of the wellness policy, including the designation of one or more persons with operational responsibility for ensuring that schools are addressing the policy.


Choose All that Apply

Establish a plan for measuring, monitoring and completing the school level Vidalia City Wellness Plan

 ·  Appendix – Wellness Policy Evaluation Checklist

Each school will submit annually a completed Wellness Policy Evaluation Checklist to the School Nutrition Department.

The School Nutrition Department will be responsible for collecting and reporting the data to document the school level implementation of the Wellness Policy.


 I.   Introduction and Background Information

§  Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004

§  Board Policy EEE – Wellness Policy Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

II. Coordinated School Health Council = School Level Wellness Council and/or School Level Councils


III. Goal Areas for Vidalia City’s Wellness Plan

1.  Nutrition Education and Promotion




 2. Nutrition Guidelines for Foods Available During the School Day

§  School Wellness Program EEE

§  Board Policy EEE R(1) – Sales of Food on School Premises and

Fund Raising

§  Smart Snacks in School Nutrition Standards

 3.  Other School-Based Activities to Promote Wellness

§  Hand-washing training


 4. Public Notification: Communication Engaging Parents, School Board/Administrative Staff, and the Community

§  Vidalia City School District website:

§  School and system Facebook page and Twitter

 5. Implementation and Evaluation

§  Wellness Policy Evaluation Checklist
Wellness Policy

Parents, students, representative of the school food authority, the school board, school administrators, and the public have been invited to assist in the development of the Wellness Policy.

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