July 19, 2018

New free breakfast program for students in Heard County

(Franklin, GA) — Heard County Schools will be offering breakfast to all students for free this school year. This opportunity is made possible by Special Provision 2, a provision that allows school districts to offer meals at no cost to students.

Each school will be prioritizing breakfast in the morning by offering an alternative breakfast program model, including Breakfast on the Go, Breakfast after First Period, and Breakfast in the Classroom, instead of the traditional breakfast model.

With traditional breakfast, students have the opportunity to eat breakfast in the cafeteria before class starts which requires arriving to school early enough to have this option and sometimes choosing between eating a breakfast or socializing with their friends.

Heard County Schools will be utilizing these alternative breakfast models to further ensure all students have the opportunity to eat a nutritious, balanced breakfast and start their day ready to learn.

Students will be offered an entree of whole grains or a grain and a protein, a serving of fruit, a serving of juice, and a milk. Students who start their day with this meal will have the nutrients they need to learn and won’t feel hungry throughout the morning.

Additionally, students who eat breakfast at school have been shown to have improved attendance rates, test scores, and general academic performance among other benefits.

Parents can rest assured that their students will have a good, balanced breakfast when they get to school which can ease morning routines. Parents of students who eat breakfast at school will have one less thing to worry about in the morning.

The new School Nutrition Director, Melissa Van Norden, has calculated that the loss of student breakfast payments of $0.30 for reduced-price eligible students and $1.25 for paid-price students is negligible compared to the probable increase in participation in the School Breakfast Program.

Ms. Van Norden has worked in Fulton County Schools and Carrollton City Schools.

Heard County Schools will continue to offer lunch at reduced and paid student prices.

While Special Provision 2 does allow school nutrition programs the opportunity to offer lunch at no cost to all students, it is not feasible for Heard County schools at this time.

Students who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals will still receive these benefits according to their eligibility at lunch.

All parents are still encouraged to complete a Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application for their household. Approval for free or reduced-price lunches is based on the gross income for the household. Parents do not need to complete a separate application for each child.

Students who were approved for free or reduced price meals last school year will continue to receive this benefit until September 17. Applications must be filled out annually.

The online online Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application will be available July 18 at heardcountyschools.heartlandapps.com.

Parents who apply online can find out if they are approved within 24 hours.

School Nutrition Managers will be available during Open House on August 1 at each school to assist with filling out the online application.


  1. Seems to me they should include the teachers in this also seeing as how much they have to spend on school supplies.

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