The Irwin County School Nutrition Program exists to promote lifetime wellness to Irwin County students and staff by serving meals that are high quality, nutritious, enjoyable, and economical. The school nutrition program participates in the National School Lunch Program and National School Breakfast Program. All programs are regulated and funded by the the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) with the School and Community Nutrition Unit of the Georgia Department of Education overseeing the program administration. We strive to help build healthy children ready to learn.
There are two operating school cafeterias, each supervised by the cafeteria manager. All cafeteria managers are ServSafe Certified. Currently the program employs approximately 16 workers who serve more than 325,000 meals per school year. We offer breakfast and lunch at both sites. USDA Child Nutrition guidelines and standards are followed in preparation and service of meals and we strive to follow the implementation plan of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
Irwin County School District is committed to the optimal development of every student. The District believes that for students to have the opportunity to achieve personal, academic, developmental, and social success, we need to create positive, safe, and health-promoting learning environments at every level, in every setting, throughout the school year.
Research shows that two components, good nutrition and physical activity before, during, and after the school day, are strongly correlated with positive student outcomes. For example, student participation in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) School Breakfast Program is associated with higher grades and standardized test scores, lower absenteeism, and better performance on cognitive tasks. Conversely, less-than-adequate consumption of specific foods including fruits, vegetables, and dairy products, is associated with lower grades among students. In addition, students who are physically active through active transport to and from school, recess, physical activity breaks, high-quality physical education, and extracurricular activities – do better academically.
The Irwin County School District Wellness Plan outlines the District’s approach to ensuring environments and opportunities for all students to practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors throughout the school day while minimizing commercial distractions.
The District has convened a representative district wellness committee (hereto referred to as the DWC or work within an existing school health committee) that meets at least two times per year to establish goals for and oversee school health and safety policies and programs, including development, implementation, and periodic review and update of this district-level wellness plan (heretofore referred as “wellness plan”).
The DWC membership represents all school levels (elementary and secondary schools) and include (to the extent possible), but not be limited to: parents and caregivers; students; representatives of the school nutrition program (ex., school nutrition director); physical education teachers; health education teachers; school health professionals (ex., health education teachers, school health services staff [i.e., nurses, physicians, dentists, health educators, and other allied health personnel who provide school health services], and mental health and social services staff [i.e., school counselors, psychologists, social workers, or psychiatrists]; school administrators (ex., superintendent, principal, vice principal), school board members; health professionals (ex., dietitians, doctors, nurses, dentists); and the general public. To the extent possible, the DWC will include representatives from each school building and reflect the diversity of the community. If you are interesting in participating, please contact Sandi Purvis at or 229/468-9510.
Irwin County School District has participated in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for Free Meal Reimbursement at Irwin County Elementary School since School Year 2015-2016 and at Irwin County Middle/High School since School Year 2016-2017. Through CEP, a school district, a group of schools or a single school may offer meals at no charge to all students. This eliminates the procedure of distributing and processing meal applications.
The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 includes the implementation of CEP to insure that every student in low-income neighborhoods and/or districts can participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP). To qualify, a district or school must have 40 percent or more of its students eligible for free meals based on direct certification.
By participating in CEP and eliminating the need for meal applications, Irwin County School District reduces administrative and printing costs. Families also benefit from the elimination of completing and submitting meal applications.
CEP has been available to the entire country since School Year 2015.
The Georgia Department of Education School Nutrition Program is pleased to announce the development of a Smart Snacks webpage that contains information about the requirements, resources/tools to assist with implementation, and frequently asked questions with answers.
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If you have difficulty communicating with us or understanding this information because you do not speak English or have a disability, please let us know. Contact Sandi Purvis at 229/468-9510. Free language assistance or other aids and services are available upon request.
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