We will encourage all students to excel in learning through well nourished bodies established by meeting or exceeding dietary guidelines and providing a variety of healthy food choices.
We operate 41 kitchens within Williamson County, offering breakfast and lunch on a daily basis. Each kitchen is staffed with a Cafe Manager and several Cafe staff. All food is prepared on site at each school. We have a staff serving on average, over 25,000 meals a day, approximately 2.5 million meals a year.
Food safety is our number one priority!
Our staff maintains the highest cleanliness standards in their kitchens. To ensure this, Williamson County Health Department conducts two inspections each year at each school. Along with the health inspections, we conduct numerous health and safety inspections of our own throughout the year. All of Williamson County Schools follow the Nutrient Standard Menu Planning. The meals must meet the Recommended Daily Allowance established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
- Make a Meal Payment Online
- An Instruction Book on How to Sign Up – English | Spanish
- Transfer Funds, Purchasing Restrictions, & Account Refund Requests
What Comes on the Lunch Tray?
Williamson County Schools participates in the Offer vs. Serve Program for all grade levels. This is a USDA program which allows students to choose what they would like to eat. The meals are broken down into components and the students are required to take a certain number of components to have the meal qualify as a lunch or breakfast.
For the student’s choices to count as a breakfast, the student must choose a minimum of two food items. There is a maximum of three food items that a student may choose for breakfast. None of the items may be duplicates.
There are 3 food components that make up a “School Breakfast”:
There are 5 components that make up a “School Lunch”:
- One Entree – Protein
- A Serving of Vegetables
- A Serving of Fruits
- A serving of Grains
- One Milk or Juice
For your child’s lunch tray 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.
If your child only chooses to take the minimum amount of components, one of the items MUST be a fruit or vegetable.
Breakfast and Lunch Accounts
When enrolled, each student is given an account with a Personal Identification Number or PIN number. This will be a randomly generated 5 digit number. This PIN number will remain the same as long as the student stays enrolled in the district. To access their lunch account, the students will be asked by the cashier to type in their PIN number. They will do this on a device located on the cashier stand.
Students will only have one meal account. From this account the student can purchase their breakfast, lunch and any ala carte items. If parents would like limitations put onto their child’s account i.e. “ice cream only on Fridays”, all they need to do is visit our website https://www.wcs.edu/departments/food-services/, on the bottom of the home page, you will find the section “Quick Links to Manage Your Funds”. In this section you will see a link to add restrictions to your child’s account.
Depositing Monies into an Account
You can do this a few different ways:
- Through our on-line payment system, visit Go to WCS Meal Payments
- By sending a check. If you choose this method, please make sure to include your child’s legal name and their lunch account number
- Although we can accept cash payments, we do not recommend sending cash to school with your child
Lunch Meal Charges/Loans
Food Service is a self supporting enterprise within Williamson County Schools.
Directed by the School Board, Food Services must maintain a responsible financial approach in its operation to remain self-supporting. Extending lunch loans to the 34,000 plus students within the district can unduly burden the department, jeopardizing it’s ability to serve all district students.
We encourage all parents to take an active role in monitoring their child’s lunch account. Please make sure that you have sufficient funds in your child’s account to cover all purchases.
Each School sets their own policy when it comes to students not having enough money in their accounts to cover the cost of the meals. We encourage you to contact your school to find out what policies they have in place for handling this. Towards the end of the year, many schools put in place a “No Charge” policy, for this reason, we encourage parents to make sure they have plenty of money in their child’s lunch accounts to cover all meals until the end of the school year.
Negative balance alerts will be emailed to the parents on a weekly basis. Please make sure that you keep your personal contact information updated with the school.
We encourage all parents to monitor their child’s account on a weekly basis. You can do this through several methods.
1. Using the on-line system, WCS Meal Payments
2. Contact your school’s café manager.
3. Contact our Food Service Office.
How to Apply for Free and Reduced Meals
Option 1 (Online Application)
This is the fastest and most secure method of applying for benefits. It only takes a couple of minutes to fill out the online application.
Once you fill out the online application, you will know immediately if you qualify to receive benefits.
Once the application has been submitted it should take less than 24 hours for these benefits to be reflected on your child’s account.
Option 2 (Hand Written Application)
If you do not wish to apply online, click on the Free & Reduced Application below to print out the form. You can also pick up an application at any school’s front office.
Once the form is filled out please either, mail it to our office or turn it into your school’s cafeteria.
Please note that this method may take up to 10 days for us to process.
Williamson County Schools
Food Service Office
1761 West Main
Franklin, TN 37064
If at anytime you need assistance filling out the application, please contact:
Cathy Wood – 615-472-4990
If you now get SNAP benefits, your child qualifies to receive free meals.
If your total household income is at or below the federal guidelines, your child may qualify to receive free or reduced priced meals.
If you have a foster child, that child may be eligible to receive free meals regardless of your income.
If you need an application in a language other than English, please contact the Food Service Office and we will be happy to provide you an application with the language you have requested.