The Nutrition Services department is made up of a team of food and nutrition professionals that are dedicated to students' health, well being and their ability to learn. We support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices.
Child Nutrition Mission Statement
The Child Nutrition Department of Birmingham City Schools shall administer operations in accordance with the local, state and federal guidelines that promote health and wellness of students. Child Nutrition shall also work with the community and other district departments to meet educational, nutritional, social and cultural needs of children while maintaining its financial integrity.
BCS IMPLEMENTS COMMUNITY ELIGIBILITY PROVISION All Students to Eat Free of Charge
Thanks to the USDA Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), all students enrolled in Birmingham City Schools are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at no charge. Under the program, students, regardless of income status, receive one breakfast and one lunch meal at no charge. Additional student meals, however, as well as faculty and guest meals, will be charged at the normal price, and students continue to have the option to purchase a la carte items, as well.
The CEP, designed to improve access to free school meals in high poverty areas while reducing the administrative burden of collecting household applications, allows schools that predominantly serve low-income children to offer free, nutritious school meals through the national school lunch and breakfast programs. In the absence of paper applications, eligibility for participation is determined by information from other programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Temporary Assistance Program for Need Families (TANF).
“Nutrition plays a major role in the healthy growth and development of students, and we want to make sure that every child has access to a healthy breakfast and lunch each day,” said Michelle Sailes, Director of Child Nutrition for BCS. “When students are fed and are receiving proper nutrition, they are better able to focus in school which leads to better overall academic performance.”
In that regard, Birmingham City Schools is making a concerted effort to inform parents, students and the community at large of the CEP. This is the first year of implementation of this program in Birmingham City Schools, and families and students are encouraged to take advantage of this available food resource which plays such a vital role in the overall development of students.