School Nutrition

Whitney Thornton
School Nutrition Director


The Director of Food Services & Nutrition assumes leadership in improving the nutrition program within the school system following standards developed by federal, state, and local agencies.  Her office is responsible for training and supervising lunchroom personnel as they plan, prepare, and serve breakfast and lunch each school day.  In addition, the director plans the menus and supervises the purchasing of all foods and food service equipment that will ensure an efficiently operating cafeteria program.  

The director's office prepares and submits an annual budget that includes food and equipment purchases that meet or exceed local, state, and federal guidelines.  This department oversees the Free & Reduced Meal Program, Summer Feeding, and the After-School snacks program  The school nutrition program is a federally operated program and is self-sufficient with meal prices covering the cost to operate the program.

Each student is assigned a PIN number and a school ID number.  The PIN number identifies individual student accounts for recording cafeteria purchases and payments.  Each student's eligibility status (free, reduced, or full pay) is discreetly programmed into their account.  Students key in their own PIN number on numeric pads as they go through the line.   

Crockett County Elementary Schools (Friendship Elementary, Gadsden Elementary and Maury City Elementary) have been approved to participate in the Provision 2 Program for the 2018-19 school term. Elementary students will continue to be provided breakfast and lunch at no cost. However, this is different from the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) that was approved for the previous 4 years. With CEP, income eligibility did not matter. With the Provision 2 Program, income eligibility does matter. Students are asked to fill out a free and reduced meal application to help aid with the school nutrition's federal reimbursement. If you would like for your student to continue to receive meals at no cost, it is very important to help fill out and turn in the free and reduced meal application. For ease, online applications are available. Paper applications can still be found in your child's school office and cafeteria. 

Crockett County Middle School and Crockett County High School continue to participate in the Universal Free Breakfast Program where all breakfast meals are served at no cost. Full price student lunch meals are $2.85. As mentioned above, free and meal applications can be found online or at your child's school office and cafeteria.

SchoolCafe - Online meal payment system 

Parents have the ability to pay online and manage their child’s account, including spending history, low-balance notification, and spending limit settings. There is no fee to enroll or to view cafeteria account balances/statements. A $2.50 convenience fee is charged for each online payment made via Fees can be avoided by sending payment (cash or checks made payable to your schools cafeteria) to the school to be deposited in the student’s account.

For those who are unable to access, balance inquiries and account statements are available by contacting Whitney Thornton at or calling 731-696-2116..

SchoolCafe- Online fee and reduced meal applications

Our preferred method of application is via this online process, but if you still require a paper application, please contact the cafeteria manager, child nutrition office, or school office for a paper application.

Applications may take up to 5 business days to be reviewed, but experience tells us that most applications are reviewed within 2 business days. A letter will be sent home with your child confirming the determination status of your application. You may check in School Café to check for your application status.


We know that well fed children are able to focus in class and ultimately perform better in school –“You cannot teach a hungry child” is the age old saying!

Remember!  Encourage your child to receive a breakfast and a lunch meal this year!

Crockett County Schools cafeterias offer:

  • Lower salt and fat recipes
  • Steams vegetables
  • 100% whole wheat and grain items
  • Rainbow of fresh fruit and vegetables daily
  • Butter replacement (no transfat items)
  • Choice of fresh salads
  • Choice of sandwiches
  • Hot entree daily
  • Healthy snack program that meet the State and Federal guidelines



In accordance with Federal 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, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

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 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. Additionally, program information is available in languages other than English.

To file a complaint alleging discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at:, or 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:


U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;


(202) 690-7442; or


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.