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Summer Meals

Parents/guardians, find out where your child/children can get healthy, daily meals this summer.

There are multiple programs that offer free summer meals. Check all these sources to see if there is a meal distribution site in your area:

1.      Use the free, web-based Summer Meal Site Finder application at
USDA Summer Food Rocks

2.      Text FOODGA to 877877;

3.      Call the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY;

4.      Go to (a year-round service)


Bid Invitation

Contact: E. Denise Parson at 

 Thursday, June 08, 2018

The Vidalia City Schools Nutrition Program is actively seeking  bids or quotations on the following products 

or services for the 2018-2019 school year.  Please contact  E. Denise Parson, Vidalia City Schools Nutrition Director,

301 Adams St., Vidalia, Ga. 30474. All bids must reach this address by  June 18, 2018.  Bids will be opened and

awarded at a time to be determined by the SNP Director. The vendor will be notified as to whether or not they

were awarded the bid.  Deadline for information Request will be June 16, 2018.

The Vidalia City Board of Education reserves the right to reject all bids in whole or in part,

and/or accept the bids that in its judgment will be in the best interest of the school nutrition program.  

Prices quoted shall be firm for the period between July 1, 2018 and June 39, 2018.  Prices quoted

for all items shall include charges for packing and transporting to the individual schools, if applicable.

Prices quoted will not include federal excise tax or state sales tax. 

The Vidalia City Board of Education is a tax exempt organization. 

Equipment Procurement:  3 Breakfast carts Deadline May 11, 2018

Software Procurement:  Complete Cloud based POS system, software, and equipment. Deadline, May 11, 2018

Nutrition Program Bids for the 2018-2019 school term:


Ice Cream

Food/Grocery Items

Paper Products

Chemicals for Dish Machines


Interested vendors may request bids by contacting:

E. Denise Parson,

School Nutrition Director, Vidalia City Schools, at 912-537-9738

no later than Thursday, June 16, 2018.  Bids will be awarded July 07, 2017.

 2018-19 Vidalia City School Nutrition Program

The National School Lunch Program was established in 1946 in an effort to provide a nutritional lunch to children. Later, the Nation

al School Breakfast Program was made available in schools, and only recently, the After School Snack Program

was added to After School Care Programs. School meals have changed throughout the years, and presently offer a greater

variety of foods in order to appeal to all students.


The Vidalia City Schools Cafeterias serve approximately 2600 meals daily, to students in grades Pre-K through 12.

With the support and participation of parents and students, our School Nutrition Program continues to meet its basic

purpose of feeding children healthy meals.                                        


Vidalia Comprhensive High School

Alta Bray Manager






Breakfast (Reduced)




Lunch (Reduced)











 Free and Reduced Meals

All students st Vidalia Comprehensive High School will be presented with a free and reduced meal application. After being processed studetents will

recieve a free, reduced or paid letter informing parents of their childs status. A student receiving SNAP or TANF benefits will also receive a 

letter informing them of their status.  If your child at Vidalia High School does not receive a letter from the school or an application, please call

912-537-0861 to make sure your child is eating free.  

If you receive food stamps and don’t receive an approval letter by the end of August,

you will need to contact the lunchroom manager to confirm if your child eats free meals. 

This is your responsibility as parents and you will be responsible for all meals that your child charges on their account. 

 ONLY ONE (1) APPLICATION SHOULD BE RETURNED PER HOUSEHOLD with all students in the household listed on the one application.  

** Parents who are not interested in applying for free or reduced price meals do not need to fill out the entire application.

Simply put your child(ren's) name on the application and write "REFUSED" across in big letters**

Pay Online: Teachers, staff and parents can now pay online, check your balance or just check to make sure your child is eating during the day.

The only time you pay the $2.00 fee is when you add money to the account.  It's easy, just click

here to start your account!  Click picture to pay on line or go to  

Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Letter to Parents

J. D. Dickerson Primary School Manager: Sue Sullivan   912-537-7071

Sally D. Meadows Elementary School  Manager: Teresa Hunt    912-537-3787

J.R. Trippe Middle School  Acting Manager:Juanita Monroe 912-537-217

Dear Parent or Guardian of Vidalia City School Students:

We are pleased to inform you that J.D. Dickerson Primary, Sally D. Meadows, and J.R. Trippe will be participating in a new option available to schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for School Year 2016-2017.

What does this mean for you and your children attending the school(s) identified above?

Great news!!  All enrolled students (PreK – 8th  grade) of

J.D. Dickerson Primary, Sally D. Meadows Elementary, and J.R. Trippe Middle School

are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at school at no charge to your household each day of the 2016-2017 school year. No further action is required of you except to make sure your child(ren) participate in the program.   Meals are completely free and you don’t need to fill out an application if your children attend J.D.D. Primary, SDM Elementary or J.R. Trippe Middle School!!  Their information will still need to go on the Vidalia High School Application if you are applying for free lunches there.

Unfortunately, Vidalia Comprehensive High School does not meet the requirements set forth by the USDA to be a CEP school, so your child(ren) enrolled at VHS must fill out an application if they are presented  with one.  Parents will be notified of eligibility if you receive certain services from DFACS.

Parents at all schools are still responsible for any charges made in previous years.  Please contact your school manager or Denise Parson, School Foodservice Director at 912-537-9738 or Your child will be presented with a charge letter each week until balance is paid off.

Let me encourage you to allow your children to participate in the School Nutrition Program by eating with us every day for breakfast and lunch!  The only way this program will work and continue being free to all students through the coming years is if we have good student participation!!

All students at the CEP schools will be required to go through the lunch line where they will be offered a supplement to their lunch boxes, if they bring one, that is completely reimbursable.  We would like to get credit for all students at each school by offering a completely reimbursable meal to supplement those that bring lunchboxes, so please, encourage your students to pick up the supplement every day.

If our team at VCS School Foodservice can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at 912-537-9738 or






































$1.80 Breakfast and $3.50.   See faculty handbook for SNP policies.



 Check out your child's school website for updated lunch menus.  

 School meals are planned with students in mind. Menu selections are based on the foods they prefer. All menus

must meet the United States Department of Agriculture requirements, and successfully implement the

Healthy School Meals Initiatives and Dietary Guidelines. All schools offer a choice of entrees daily. 

For more information about the School Nutrition Program in Vidalia City Schools, contact Ms. Denise Parson,

Vidalia City Schools Nutrition Director, 301 Adams Street, Vidalia, GA 30474 or call 537-9738.


Below are the newest health inspection scores as of September 2015. 

We have health inspections 2 times a school year.

J. D. Dickerson           100         100

Sally Meadows           100          99 

J. R. Trippe                 100          100 

Vidalia High School    100             100

Any deficiencies noted have been reported to the appropriate personnel so corrections could be made. 

Scores will be sent in to the Georgia Department of Education and posted on our web page.

VCS  Wellness Policy


Vidalia City Schools


Date Issued: 2006



The Vidalia City Schools believe that all students should possess the knowledge and skills necessary to make nutritious food choices and physical activity choices for a lifetime. We believe healthy children will have greater academic success and lifelong health.  We also believe that healthy staff can effectively perform their assigned duties and model appropriate wellness behaviors for their students.  This policy encourages and promotes a coordinated effort that involves school staff, students, parents and community members. 

 Goals for Nutrition Education

Nutrition Education

Nutrition education topics should be integrated within the sequential, comprehensive health education program taught at every grade level, pre-kindergarten through twelfth.  The students should be provided with opportunities (both in and outside of the classroom) to: 


  1. obtain nutritional knowledge, including but not limited to the benefits of healthy eating, essential nutrients, nutritional deficiencies, principles of healthy weight management, the use and misuse of dietary supplements, and safe food preparation, handling, and storage;

        b. practice nutrition-related skills, including but not limited to planning a healthy meal, understanding and using food labels, and critically evaluating nutrition information, misinformation, and commercial food advertising; and,

        c. assess one’s personal eating habits, set goals for improvement, and achieve those goals.


Goals for Physical Education and Life Skills


Physical Education and Life Skills

Healthy exercise and living skills should be taught as part of the regular instructional program and provide the opportunity for all students to understand and practice concepts and skills related to health promotion and disease prevention.

a.      The program should provide the opportunity for all students to develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to participate in a lifetime of healthful physical activity. 

b.      Each school should provide for an interdisciplinary, sequential skill-based health education program based upon state standards and benchmarks. 

c.       Students should have access to valid and useful health information and health promotion products and services. 

d.      Students should have the opportunity to practice behaviors that enhance health and/or reduce health risks during the school day and as a part of before or after school programs. 

e.       Students should be taught communication, goal setting and decision making skills that enhance personal, family and community health. 

f.        Patterns of physical activity are encouraged in students’ lives outside of physical education and take into consideration the need for energy and balance.

g.      Certificated physical education instructors teach physical education classes.

h.      Student/teacher ratios in physical education classes meet state requirements.

i.        Time allotted physical education is consistent with state standards.

j.        A recess period is provided daily in grades Pre-K – 5.

k.      Physical education includes instruction in individual activities as well as competitive and non-competitive team sports.

l.        Adequate equipment is available for all students to participate in physical education/activity.

m.    The school environment provides for safe and enjoyable activity for all students, including those who are not athletically gifted.

 n.      Schools work with families and communities to assist them in incorporating safe physical activity into their daily lives and the community infrastructure.

 o.      School facilities are available outside the school day to encourage physical activity.

 Healthy and Safe Environment

A healthy and safe environment for all, before, during and after school supports academic success.  Safer communities promote healthier students.  Healthier students do better in school and make greater contributions to their community. 

        a.School buildings and grounds, structures, buses and equipment should meet all current health and safety standards, including environmental air quality, and be kept inviting, clean, safe, and in good repair.

        b. Schools and district offices should maintain an environment that is free of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.

        c. Safety procedures and appropriate training for students and staff should support personal safety and a violence and harassment free environment.

        d. Each work site, school and classroom should work to create an environment where students, parents/guardians and staff are respected, valued and accepted with high expectations for personal behavior and                        accomplishments. 

  1. The After-School environment includes physical activity and promotes healthy eating habits.


Social and Emotional Wellness

Programs and services that support and value the social and emotional wellness of students, families and staff build a healthy school environment. 

  1. Each school should provide a supportive environment that includes guidance, counseling,  and school social work services that encourages students, families and staff to request assistance when needed and links them to school or community resources. 
  1. Students should be provided the skills to express thoughts and feelings in a responsible manner and give and receive support from others. 
  1. Students should be taught to understand and respect the differences in others and how to build positive interpersonal relations. 
  1. Students and staff should be encouraged to balance work and recreation and helped to become aware of stressors which may interfere with healthy development.


Health Services

An effective health care delivery system that promotes academic achievement by providing a broad scope of services from qualified health care providers will improve the mental and physical health of students and staff.


  1. Primary coordination of health services should be through a trained school health care practicitioner with the support and direction of the Vidalia City Schools and the Toombs County Health Department.
  2. The Vidalia City Schools should collaborate with community health liaisons and resources to promote health and wellness for students, families, staff and community.


  1. A coordinated program of accessible health services should be provided to students and staff and should include violence prevention, school safety, communicable disease prevention, health screening, including Body Mass Index (BMI), community health referrals, immunizations, parenting skills, first aid and other priority health education topics.
  1. Classroom teachers and appropriate school staff are provided assistance in detecting student health problems that may impact student learning. 
  1. A plan will be developed to provide CPR training for faculty/staff at each school.

  Family, School and Community Partnership

Long-term effective partnerships improve the planning and implementation of health promotion projects and events within each school and throughout the community.  

  1. Family, student and community partners should be included on an ongoing basis in school and district wellness planning processes. 
  1. The equality and diversity of the school and district community should be valued in planning and implementing wellness activities. 
  1. Community partnerships should be developed and maintained as a resource for school and district programs, projects, activities, and events. 
  1. Schools and the district should actively develop and support the engagement of students, families and staff in community health enhancing activities and events at the school or throughout the community.


Staff Wellness

The district and each work site should provide information about wellness resources and services and establish a staff committee to assist in identifying and supporting the health, safety and wellness of site staff.


Nutrition Guidelines


Academic performance and quality of life issues are affected by the choice and availability of nutritious foods in our schools.  Healthy foods support student physical growth, brain development, resistance to disease, emotional stability and ability to learn. 

       a.Parties that serve food celebrating special occasions should not be held until after lunch. 

  1. Nutrition guidelines that require the use of products that are high in fiber, low in added fats, sugar and sodium, and served in appropriate portion sizes consistent with USDA standards should be established for all foods offered by the School Nutrition Program or contracted vendors.  Menu and product selection should utilize student, parent, staff and community advisory groups whenever possible. 
  1. A la Carte offerings to students should be nutritious and meet federal recommended guidelines and may be selected from input from students, parents, and staff. 
  1. Schools should not purchase any products containing trans fats. 
  1. Student organizations approved by the Vidalia BOE are encouraged to raise funds through the sale of items other than food. 
  1. Foods sold for fundraising purposes should not be sold in the cafeteria while school foodservice meals are served. 
  1. Parents are not allowed to bring catered or purchased food/beverages into the cafeteria. 
  1. Partnerships between schools and businesses are encouraged, as well as business sponsorship of educational activities.  However, such partnerships should be designed to meet identified educational needs, not commercial motives and should be evaluated for educational effectiveness. 
  1. Healthy food choices should be available at extracurricular activities where food is sold. 
  1. Only dairy-based ice cream products may be sold in the school cafeterias.  In grades 3-5, ice cream may be purchased when students pick up their meals.  In grades 6-8, ice cream may be purchased in the cafeteria after school lunch for each grade is served. 
  1. The school cafeteria serves as a learning laboratory to support classroom instruction through menu offerings, point-of-sale information, signage, etc. 
  1. School nutrition program managers are available as resource people to classroom teachers upon request. 
  1. Nutrition information is shared with students, school staff, families, and the broader community through publication, etc. 
  1. Students receive nutrition messages throughout the school that are consistent with classroom instruction. 
  1. Students at all grade levels have choices of entrees daily at all four schools during lunch.  Students in grades 3-12 have choices daily of entrees during breakfast. 
  1. To promote behavior change and healthy school meal consumption, students should be encouraged to try healthy food items with which they are not familiar. 
  1. The sale price of meals should be controlled to encourage student purchases but should be adequate to provide healthy foods. 
  1. Commercial advertising of foods and beverages is restricted. 
  1. Foods and beverages are not used as a means of discipline or punishment. 
  1. Classroom teachers are encouraged to use incentives other than food for reward. 
  1. Student participation in the School Breakfast Program is encouraged through scheduling. 
  1. Adequate time is scheduled for students to eat meals in pleasant surroundings. At least 10 minutes will be scheduled for students to eat and relax after sitting down for breakfast and 20 minutes after sitting down for lunch. 
  1. Safe drinking water and convenient access to facilities for hand washing and oral hygiene are available. 
  1. All schools offer breakfast and lunch programs.  After-school snack programs are offered at 3 schools. 
  1. If a child’s IEP or 504 Plan includes the same information required in the medical statement, or if the required information is obtained by the school during the development or review of the IEP or 504 Plan, it is not necessary for the SFA to obtain a separate medical statement. Modified meals should be prepared for students with food allergies or other special food needs. Schools should not delay a child’s meal modification while waiting for the family to submit a medical statement. 
  1. Lunch is scheduled as near to the middle of the school day as possible. 
  1. Serving areas are adequate to ensure students do not have to wait too long in line. 
  1. Food storage and preparation facilities and equipment are adequately funded and available to meet the needs of preparing and storing healthy foods. 
  1. Dining areas are attractive.

      dd.  All foods available on campus adhere to food safety standards.  

  1. Each kitchen is represented by at least one person certified in food safety (ServSafe) classes. 
  1. Schools promote breakfast as a means to enhance academic achievement. 
  1. Sanitation deficiencies sited on local inspections are corrected immediately. 
  1. An “A” is maintained on health inspections. 

       ii. Two health inspections are conducted per year by the local health inspector.


 Vending Machines

       a. Vending machines where student meals are served and/or eaten shall not include carbonated beverages, with the exception of the high school. 

  1. Vending machines available to students in the elementary school may include only bottled water and 100% juice.  Vending machines are not accessible to students during their scheduled meal service time. 
  1. Vending machines in middle school may include nutritious and/or lower calorie beverages such as bottled water, sports drinks, and no-calorie soft drinks.  No full-calorie soft drinks or full-calorie juice drinks with 5% or less juice are available until after school hours.  Vending machines are not open to students until after school and are on timers.


  1. All beverage vending machines in secondary school public areas and all school and district sites may include:

                         1.   Water

                        2.    100% fruit juice

                        3.    Sports and juice drinks

                        4.    Carbonated drinks with less than 150 calories per container

                        5.    The vending machine in the cafeteria contains only 100% fruit juice,

                               water, and sports drinks

                        6.    Vending machines outside of the cafeteria are not open to students

                               until after school  

Nutrition Program policies and guidelines for reimbursable meals should not be more restrictive than federal and state regulations require.

 Monitoring of Wellness Plan at Schools

The Principal at each school will be responsible for monitoring the following in their schools, in relation to the Wellness Policy: vending machines, curriculum, physical education activities, providing a healthy and safe environment, promoting social and emotional wellness, providing health services, promoting family, school, and community partnerships, and staff wellness.  The School Nutrition Director and Cafeteria Manager at each school will be responsible for monitoring and promoting the Wellness Policy in their schools in regards to School Nutrition Programs and related regulations.

Development of Wellness Policy

 Wellness Policy

Parents, students, representative of the school food authority, the school board, school administrators, and the public have been invited to assist in the development of the Wellness Policy.


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, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, 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.


301 Adams St, Vidalia, GA 30474