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Child Nutrition Program



Proven Fact:  A hungry child cannot learn! Proper nutrition is fundamental for the success of academic programs.


Child nutrition programs are an integral part of the school environment. Nutrition influences a child’s development, lifelong health status, and potential for learning. We strive to protect the health and well-being of our children and to help them succeed in the classroom by providing balanced and nutritious meals served in a courteously and friendly atmosphere in a sanitary dining environment.




 To help ensure our students receive those necessary nutritious meals, Decatur City Schools Child Nutrition Program offers breakfast and lunch on a daily basis in each of our 17 cafeterias.

Parents are encouraged to support the Child Nutrition Program because these meals:

  • Provide children vitamins, minerals and calories needed.
  • Offer parents a convenient and affordable way to provide their children with meals.
  • Improve the learning ability and classroom behavior among students.
  • Meet the USDA Nutrition Standards
    • Age-appropriate calorie limits
    • Larger servings of vegetables and fruits
    • A wider variety of vegetables, including dark green and red/orange and legumes
    • Fat-free or 1% milk (flavored milk must be fat free)
    • More whole grains


Suggestions, questions or problems with the child nutrition program? Contact the Child Nutrition Manager of your child's school or contact Julia Senn, Child Nutrition Program Supervisor at or by phone at 256-560-6801.

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