St. John The Baptist Parish Public Schools

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Child Nutrition Program

The goal of the Child Nutrition Program is to serve high quality, low cost, nutritious meals to all students and staff in the most efficient way possible.
Fifty employees in 10 schools serve nearly 95,000 lunches and almost 61,000 breakfasts each month. The School Breakfast Program, Alternative Breakfast Programs, School Lunch Program, After School Snack Program, Dinner Meal Program, the Department of Defense Fruit and Vegetable Program and contract meals are all handled by this department.
Students eating breakfastThrough the Community Eligibility Provision, all students at Emily C. Watkins Elementary, LaPlace Elementary, West St. John Elementary, Garyville-Mt. Airy Math and Science Magnet School, East St. John Elementary, Lake Pontchartrain Elementary, Fifth Ward Elementary and the St. John Child Development Center receive their meals free of charge.
Parents or guardians of students at other schools should apply for free or reduced lunch here. School meals may be paid for online at My School Bucks.
Students at our elementary schools get two options for both breakfast and lunch, while high school students can choose from home-style meals, sandwiches, entree salads or pizza.
Healthy options for students include skim milk, 1 percent milk or fat-free unflavored milk, fat-free salad dressings, low-fat entrees and meals, fat-free gravies, fresh and chilled fruit, whole grains, smart snacks, low-fat cheese and entree salads. Meals are prepared with no added butter for flavoring and without any frying.
Each of our schools undergoes two state health inspections each year and our employees are trained yearly in Food Service Safety & Sanitation.
Our district will soon be incorporating Smarter Lunchrooms into our schools. This movement reinforces healthy eating and encourages children to choose nutritious foods by creating an environment that promotes healthy choices.
Child Nutrition Supervisor
Terry C. Charles, MS,RD,LDN
Field Manager
Michelle Guidry
Child Nutrition Clerk
Bernadine G. Sanders