Powering Students Through Food
Food Services operates 45 kitchens within Williamson County and offers breakfast and lunch on a daily basis. Each kitchen is staffed with a Cafe Manager and several Cafe staff. Food is prepared onsite at each school. An average of 27,500 meals are served per day, about 2.75 million meals a year.
To ensure school kitchens keep the highest cleanliness standards, Williamson County Health Department conducts two inspections per year at each school. In addition to the WC Health Department’s inspections, numerous health and safety inspections are conducted by Food Services. All schools within the district follow the Nutrient Standard Menu Planning. The meals must meet the Recommended Daily Allowance established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
School Menus & Nutritional Information
Williamson County Schools (WCS) Food Services makes nutritious and well-prepared meals every day. Serving times vary according to each school’s operational hours. The WCS school menus are listed as well as carb counts. Find out what’s for breakfast and lunch and learn more about the nutritional make-up of the breakfast and lunch items being served in all WCS schools.
Due to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations, if a student does not take all the proper food components to make a lunch, then each item on the tray must be charged at al a carte pricing. A la carte items are sold at each school. Items are varied. Please check with your child’s café manager.
Parent and Student Meal Resources
If you would like to receive a copy of the District’s Wellness Policy or the District’s Wellness Assessment, please contact our office and we will be happy to provide you with a copy or answer any questions you might have.
Summer Feeding Program
Currently WCS does not offer this type of program. Please contact our office at 615-472-4990 and we will be happy to find the closest school district to your home that is offering this program over the summer months.
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. View the full USDA nondiscrimination statement.
Contact: Food Services Department | (615) 472-4990
Meals at No Cost
As part of the U.S Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Summer Food Service Program, students receive the meals at no cost and the school district is reimbursed for each full meal served. WCS summer menus will look different at each school site. Please reach out to your child's Summer School for more information on their specific daily menu for breakfast and lunch. All meals will be at no cost, with a la carte options available. The last meal kits of the 2020 - 2021 school year will be available May 11, 2021 and May 13, 2021. Summer meal kits will be offered June 8 - July 1, 2021 on Tuesday and Thursday at the following locations: Allendale Elementary, Bethesda Elementary, Fairview Elementary, Fairview Middle, Hunters Bend Elementary, Kenrose Elementary, Mill Creek Elementary, Thompson Station Middle, Trinity Elementary, and Woodland Middle.
For students who are learning at home, meals are available at no cost by filling out a Meal Kit form. The free meals do not apply to a la cart items such as snacks or extra entrees which may still be purchased at full price.
As an example, there are three food components that make up a school breakfast. They are fruits, grains, and milk. For the district to be reimbursed for the meal, the student must choose a minimum of two food items and no more than three. In addition, none of the items may be duplicates.
For lunch, students must select an entrée and at least two other food components. If desired, they can take all five of the components listed below. If a child only chooses to take the minimum number of components, one of the items must be a fruit or vegetable. The five components that make up a school lunch are:
- One Entree – Protein
- One Milk or Juice
For students who are learning at home, free meals are available by filling out a Meal Kit form. The free meals do not apply to a la cart items such as snacks or extra entrees which may still be purchased at full price.
Weekly Meal Kits
The weekly meal kit will contain five complete breakfasts and five complete lunches as well as reheating instructions.
Parents who wish to participate need to preorder their meals every week by filling out the Meal Kit Order Form. The cafeteria manager will then contact the parent to let them know where and when they can pick up their meal kits. Pick up days are only Tuesday and Thursday.
Quick Links and Forms
Components of a Lunch Tray
Williamson County Schools (WCS) participates in the Offer vs. Serve program for all grade levels. This is a USDA program allowing students to choose their own meals. 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 a meal 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 three food components that make up a School Breakfast are fruits, grains and milk.
For a child’s tray to count as a lunch, they must select at least three different food components. If desired, they can take all five of the components. If a child only chooses to take the minimum amount of components, one of the items must be a fruit or vegetable. There are five components that make up a School Lunch:
- One Entree – Protein
- One Milk or Juice