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 Café Manager and several Café 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).
Meals at No Cost
As part of the U.S Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) meal program, students receive the meals (one breakfast and one lunch) at no cost for the 2021-2022 school year and the school district is reimbursed for each full meal served when each meal is composed of the correct components.
There are three food components that make up a school breakfast: fruits, grains, and milk. For the district to be reimbursed for the meal, the student must choose a minimum of three food items.
For lunch, students must select at least three of the five 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 Milk or Juice
Free and Reduced Meals Applications
Although meals will be provided to students at no cost for the 2021-2022 school year, it is still important to submit a free and reduced price school meals application. Filling out the application may help provide, but is not limited to:
- Discounts for fees associated with School Aged Child Care (SACC)
- Discounts for fees associated with college application processes
- Scholarship opportunities and discounted fees for ACT and AP tests
- Monthly internet service discounts
- State and federal funding for school budgets
Application information is completely confidential. Only one application per household is needed.
An online application is the fastest and most secure method of applying for benefits. Once the application is completed, applicants will know immediately if they qualify. Benefits should be reflected on the child's account with 24 hours after application submission.
If you need the application in a language other than English, please select your language from the drop down menu at the top of the application page.
Parents can also apply by printing the Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application, completing the form, and mailing it to the Food Services office or turning it into the school’s cafeteria. The application can also be picked up at any school’s front office. Please note that this method may take up to 10 days for the Food Services department to process. Please mail your completed application to:
Williamson County Schools
1761 West Main
Franklin, TN 37064
- 2021-2022 PDF Application (English)
- 2021-2022 PDF Applicacion (Español)
- Application Instructions and List of Frequently Asked Questions
If at any time you need assistance filling out the application or if you need an application in another language, please contact the Food Service department at 615-472-4990.
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.
Important Menu Update as of August 24, 2021
- Last minute menu changes are occurring frequently due to nationwide food supply chain issues.
- Menus posted on the district website may not reflect these changes.
- Due to substitutions by the manufacturers, WCS is unable to track carbohydrates for diabetic students or allergens in menu items at this time.
- If you have any questions regarding your school’s menu, reach out to the cafeteria manager. Due to staff shortages, it may take up to 48 hours for a response.
We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.
December School Menus
Due to Supply Chain Distribution issues the daily menus, are subject to change at any time. Additionally, nutritional information is not available at this time.
Contact: Food Services Department | (615) 472-4990
Quick Links and Forms
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.