Child Nutrition Program
CNP Program Staff
Ms. Theresa Cooper
LHS Child Nutrition Manager
Ms. Janice Daffron
LES Child Nutrition Manager
Ms. Michelle Kelly
LMS Child Nutrition Manager
Ms. Janine Miller
LPS Child Nutrition Manager
Leeds City Schools Child Nutrition Program promotes an optimal learning environment by planning, preparing, and serving a nutritious and balanced diet to all students. A balanced diet provides at least one-third of the United States Department of Agriculture's recommended daily allowances for each food nutrient/component. The Child Nutrition Program promotes nutritional awareness as an integral part of the total education experience for children by offering and encouraging healthy food options. By providing all students the opportunity to acquire a functional knowledge of health and nutrition, the Child Nutrition Program assists children in obtaining optimal physical and mental development.
The Child Nutrition Program applies strict business regulations and City of Leeds Board of Education policies to ensure success. The selling of ALL non-essential foods (foods that do not meet USDA and/or Smart Snack guidelines) on school property is not permitted during the day. Foods available during school hours should meet current guidelines to promote student health and the reduction of childhood obesity.
Professional development shall be provided for the school food service personnel. Educational opportunities focusing on the various aspects of the Child Nutrition Program promotes the development of the individual and/or program. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans serves as the basis for planning menus and preparing meals.
*Leeds City Schools Child Nutrition Program operates under the supervision of the National School Lunch Program and complies with the guidelines set forth by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Alabama State Department of Education.
NATIONAL LUNCH PROGRAM
Please visit the national website at www.ers.usda.gov/Briefing/Child Nutrition/ for more information on the National Lunch Program.
Offer versus Serve
Leeds City School implement the Offer Versus Serve (OVS) provision under the USDA regulations for Leeds Elementary, Leeds Middle, and Leeds High for breakfast and lunch. The regulation allow a student to choose fewer than five components in a reimbursable meal. Under OVS, a student is allowed to decline one of the four food items for breakfast and two of the five for lunch. Leeds Primary will be served all components for breakfast and lunch.
(For more information on the National School Lunch Program, please visit the national website at www.ers.usda.gov)