School Meal Accounts Policy

  • Policy EF Food Services

    Issued 8/21

    Purpose: To establish the board’s vision and the basic structure for district food services.

    The district food service program operates under the current guidelines and standards established by state and federal laws and the South Carolina State Board of Education.

    The purpose of the district food program is as follows:

             -to maintain and improve the health and physical fitness of the school child by providing him/her with an adequate meal
             -to provide a satisfactory learning experience in nutrition which will contribute to the overall development of the child
             -to provide free or reduced-price meals for students from economically deprived families

    The board, with the recommendation of the food service director and the assistant superintendent of finance and operations, sets meal prices for students. Minimum adult meal prices will be set by the State Department of Education.

    School cafeteria managers work under the supervision of the director of food service. Principals and cafeteria managers will work collaboratively on the overall operation of the food service program at their school.

    The food service program will be operated under the general guidelines and standards as established by the USDA and localauthorities.

    The district will not deny any child who a principal or teacher believes is improperly nourished a free meal, milk, or other food simply because the district has not received proper application from the child’s parent/legal guardian.

    The administration will establish rules and procedures which conform to state and federal requirements regarding participation in programs for free and reduced-price meals and supplementary food. The administration will report such regulations to the board from time to time for its approval.

    Individual schools have forms for requesting and establishing the need for free and reduced meals in their school office.


    Adopted 10/11/88; Revised 12/8/92, 1/14/97, 4/13/99, 1/9/07, 8/10/21

    Legal References:
    United States Code of Laws, as amended:

    Child Nutrition Act of 1966, 42 U.S.C.A. Section 1771, et seq.

    Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, Pub. L. No. 111-296, 124 Stat. 3183.

    S.C. Code of Laws, 1976 as amended:

    Section 59-10-310, et seq. - Nutrition standards.

    Code of Federal Regulations, as amended:

    National School Lunch Program, 7 C.F.R. Section 210.10.

    School Breakfast Program, 7 C.F.R. Section 220.8.

    S.C. State Board of Education Regulations:

    R43-168 - Nutrition standards for elementary (K-5) school food service meals and competitive foods.



    In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

    Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

    To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

    1. mail:
      S. Department of Agriculture
      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
      1400 Independence Avenue, SW
      Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
    2. fax:
      (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
    3. email:


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