About School Nutrition

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Dawson County School Nutrition Program is to be a part of the education process by providing students with nutritious meals and nutrition education experiences that promote healthy children who are ready to learn.

Benefits to Children

The Dawson County School Nutrition Program provides a nutritious breakfast and lunch for school children every day.  Free or reduced-price meals are available to students whose families meet qualifying economic guidelines.  The program provides meals that meet at least two-thirds of the recommended daily dietary allowances.  Meal choices offered each day include:  protein rich entrees, plenty of fruit and vegetable selections, whole-grain breads and cereals, and calcium rich milk.


The Dawson County School Nutrition Program is operated in accordance with the regulations of the Healthy Hunger Free Act of 2012, the regulations of the State Board of Education, and the Dawson County Board of Education.

Sources of funding for the School Nutrition Program include student and adult income, state funds, federal reimbursement for student meals based on income eligibility, and USDA donated commodity foods.

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Dawson County Schools offer healthy breakfasts every day.  Studies show that eating breakfast can help math, reading, and standardized test scores.  Breakfast also helps students pay better attention in class, perform problem-solving tasks, and improve memory.

Elementary schools offer “Breakfast in the Classroom,”  Serving breakfast in the classroom can help reduce tardiness and absences.

Non-Discrimination 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, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.  Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

 (1)        mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

 (2)        fax: (202) 690-7442; or

 (3)        email: [email protected]

 This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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 Scott Richardson at (706) 265-3246, Ext. 1008 or at [email protected].  Free language assistance or other aids and services are available upon request.

 Si tiene dificultades para comunicarse con nosotros, o para entender esta información porque no hable inglés o tiene alguna discapacidad, por favor infórmenos.  Comuníquese con Scott Richardson (706) 265-3246, Ext. 1008 o scott.richardson@dawson.k12.ga.us.  Tenemos disponibilidad de servicios gratuitos de ayuda en otros idiomas y otro tipo de asistencia y servicios cuando lo solicite.

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