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Welcome to School Nutrition

Per the USDA we will return to traditional serving for the 2022-23 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 2022-2023 school year.  All students who do not fill out, or qualify for free and reduced lunch will pay full price for meals.
 
 
Eric Smith
Director of School Nutrition
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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 [email protected]
Andrea Congleton Asst. School Nutrition Director 22884 [email protected]
Robyn Barrett Free & Reduced Specialist 22014 [email protected]
Melisa Barrett Inventory Specialist 22103 [email protected] 
Kathy Bassette Field Supervisor 22882 [email protected] 
Tonya Patient Field Supervisor 22116 [email protected]  
Tara Russell Field Supervisor 22883 [email protected]
Sally Srodka Field Supervisor 22031 [email protected] 
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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 45 School Nutrition Managers and over 350 school nutrition professionals, serving breakfast and lunch on a daily basis to each of our 50 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, 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: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, 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:
    U.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:
    [email protected]

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.