Meals, foods and beverages sold or served at schools meet state and federal requirements based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines.  All meals, foods and beverages are prepared and served by qualified child nutrition professionals.  We provide students with access to a variety of appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.

Offer vs. Serve

We emphasize good nutrition and follow a meal pattern approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  The lunch meal consists of five food items from four components each day: meat or meat alternate (such as cheese), vegetable, fruits, grain and milk.  To minimize food waste, save money and to encourage healthy choices, we allow students to choose the foods they plan to eat.  Three of the foods from the lunch group must be chosen.  We encourage students to choose all items.  

At our K-8 schools we have Breakfast In The Classroom.  Breakfast in the Classroom takes the traditional school breakfast approach and improves it by moving it to the classroom.  Breakfast is available to every child, no matter the family’s income level, making it possible for all children to participate.  We are a 100% CEP school district, which means there is no charge for breakfast or lunch meals.  

Calhoun County High Salad Bar

USDA encourages the use of salad bars in the school meal programs. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) report, “The School Meals Building Blocks for Healthy Children” encourages the consumption of vegetables and fruits. The IOM report cites a 2007 study that determined that “salad bar programs in public schools indicate positive effects on fruit and vegetable consumption”.   At Calhoun County High School our salad bar offers a wider variety of vegetables and fruits.  Make a RAINBOW at the SALAD BAR!

Calhoun County High


USDA Nondiscrimination Statement 

Last Modified: 03/20/2013

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal and, where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities and wish to file either an EEO or program complaint please contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).

Persons with disabilities who wish to file a program complaint, please see information above on how to contact us by mail directly or by email. If you require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) please contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.