JES Cafeteria Guidelines

Last Updated: 9/15/2020 3:38 PM



Breakfast is served each morning in the cafeteria. Students must be in line no later than 7:20 am in order to go through the serving line, eat and report to class by 7:40 am. Please plan accordingly. *Meal prices may be adjusted to reflect rising costs.


You are invited to join your child for lunch. Please sign in and obtain a visitor’s pass. Only visitors who are on the child's pick up list will be able to eat lunch with the child.

When dining with your child utilize the Parent Café. Be aware lunches brought into the cafeteria from outside restaurants must be placed in generic containers that do not identify a specific restaurant. Also note it is a federal regulation that soft drinks not be allowed in the cafeteria.  *Meal prices may be adjusted to reflect rising costs.


All meal related money sent to teachers must be placed in a sealed envelope. On the front of the envelope, please include:

  • Student(s) Name(s)
  • Grade(s) and Homeroom Teacher(s)
  • Meal(s)/Item(s) for Which You Are Paying (Breakfast and/or Lunch; extra milk, ice cream)
  • Date(s) for Application of Money (Today’s Date, Week of …, Month of …)
  • Total Amount of Money Enclosed

Teachers will send sealed envelopes to the cafeteria for processing.

If you would like to take advantage of the option to prepay your student’s meal accounts online, please visit If you need assistance, please contact Sue Hamm at 706-367-2546 or

JCS Director of Nutrition - Sue Hamm -

Meals should be paid for in advance or paid daily. Checks and cash are accepted at each school or you may pay online with a credit card. If you would like to prepay your student’s meal account online, please visit K12 Payment Center. To register, you will need your child’s district student number. You can find this number by logging into the Parent Portal. Your student’s district ID is located next to their picture on the homepage. Once you have created an account on Lunch Prepay, you can make payments, view balances, view meal histories, and receive low balance notifications. There is a $1.95 transaction fee. However, you can make payments and apply it to multiple lunch accounts under one transaction.

Applications for free or reduced meals are accepted all year long. A new application needs to be filled out each school year. Only one application needs to be filled out for each family. You can mail these forms into central office or have your student turn them into the cafeteria staff at their school.


Jefferson City Schools Food Service Department is committed to providing each student with a healthy, affordable, and safe meal that is served by caring individuals so students are ready to learn when they get to the classroom. School breakfast and lunch are planned and prepared according to standards that meet the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans in a safe and sanitary environment. The cafeterias serve as learning centers where students can acquire the knowledge to develop lifelong healthy eating habits

USDA’s federal nutrition regulations for school meals ensure that all meals offered are well-balanced and provide students the fuel they need. Recent changes to the meal pattern regulations include an increase in fruits and vegetables (each student must select at least one serving), a greater variety of vegetables to include dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes, an increase in the availability of whole grain products, and a more age-appropriate caloric limit. Please visit each schools website to see the lunch menu.

Jefferson City Schools recognizes that student wellness and proper nutrition are related to students' well-being, growth, development, and readiness to learn. Please click on the link below to access the districts wellness policy. If you have any comments, suggestions, or a desire to be involved in the implementation of this policy, please contact Sue Perry at 706-367-2546.

We look forward to dining with your children in our cafeterias.