School Nutrition Information
Hardin County Schools
Students and adults must pay for a la carte items purchased above or not part of a reimbursable meal.
Breakfast – $0.00
Lunch – $0.00
Breakfast – $2.50
Lunch – $3.50
Breakfast – $3.00
Lunch – $4.50
Holiday Meal – $6.00 (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter)
What Makes a Breakfast?
Hardin County Schools Breakfast Program Requirements: Select 3-5 Items from 3 Components
For a student’s choices to count as a breakfast, the student must choose a minimum of three items from at least two different components. One of the items selected MUST be a minimum of ½ cup fruit or fruit juice. There is a maximum of 5 food items that a student may choose for breakfast. Some grain or grain/meat combinations may be a single item but will count as 2 items, i.e.: breakfast pizza, sausage and biscuit, etc.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
What Makes a Lunch?
USDA National School Lunch Requirements: Select 3-5 Different Components
For a student’s lunch meal to count as a “School Lunch” they must select at least 3 different food components. They can always take all 5 of the components if they choose to. Some grain or grain/meat combinations may be a single item but will count as 2 items, i.e.: breakfast pizza, sausage and biscuit, etc. One of the items selected MUST be at least a ½ cup serving of fruit or vegetable.
Community Eligibility Provision
All Hardin County school cafeterias are proud to operate under the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). This program, first implemented during the 2014-2015 school year, is an option for select schools in Tennessee that participate in the federally-funded National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. Under CEP, all students attending school in the Hardin County school system are offered a nutritious breakfast and lunch meal each school day at no cost, regardless of a student’s eligibility status. While a complete meal is free, parents are encouraged to send money with students for cafeteria extras, such as bottled water, extra fruit, a slice of pizza, juice, or ice cream.