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Welcome to School Nutrition

All students will continue to eat breakfast and lunch FREE in the 2021-2022 school year.  It is highly encouraged for those who normally qualify for free and reduced meals to go online and fill out an online application or fill out a paper application that you can receive from your child's school.  Online apps and paper apps will be available at the end of July for the 2021-2022 school year. 
Eric Smith
Director of School Nutrition
Rutherford County Schools Central Office
2240 B. Southpark Drive, Murfreesboro, TN 37128

School Nutrition Staff

Name Title Extension Email 
Eric Smith School Nutrition Director 22135
Andrea Congleton Asst. School Nutrition Director 22884
Robyn Barrett Free & Reduced Specialist 22014
Melisa Barrett Inventory Specialist 22103 
Kathy Bassette Field Supervisor 22882 
Tonya Patient Field Supervisor 22116  
Tara Russell Field Supervisor 22883
Sally Srodka Field Supervisor 22031 
Amanda Barnaby BS-RDN-LD 866-950-8827 

Rutherford County School Nutrition Mission Statement

We strive to support learning by providing healthy meals
and promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition.

Rutherford County Schools currently has 44 School Nutrition Managers and over 325 school nutrition professionals, serving breakfast and lunch on a daily basis to each of our 49 schools in Rutherford County. All meals provided by Rutherford County Schools must meet the Recommended Daily Allowance established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Rutherford County School Nutrition is an active participant in the National School Lunch and National School Breakfast Programs. These are federally assisted child feeding programs sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provide free or reduced meals to our students whose families meet the criteria.

The School Nutrition Program operates fiscally independent with the District, paying for all direct expenses and administrative costs. We are supported by revenue generated from sales made within our cafeteria as well as receiving federal and state funds based on our meal participation. This department does not receive any local tax dollars.

The Rutherford County School Nutrition Department considers food safety a huge priority. Our employees are trained to make sure all HACCP procedures are followed. The Rutherford County Health Department also conducts two inspections each year at each school. Along with the health inspections, we also conduct health and safety inspections of our own throughout the year.  

As a partner in education, the Rutherford County School Nutrition Program contributes to a successful academic experience and encourages a lifetime of healthy eating by providing each student with the affordable opportunity to enjoy meals that are nutritious, appealing, and served by caring professionals in a pleasant environment.

We look forward to serving your children and invite you to visit your child’s cafeteria during the school year.

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:, 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:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.