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Click on the above banner to play a fun vocabulary game and help the UN World Food Program end hunger at the same time.


Click here for important information about school lunch changes

Wondering what school nutrition is like?  Click here for some tray talk!!


Attention Internet Parents  !!!!!!!!

Please click the School Payment Solutions link below to sign up for our new on line payment system.  As before, you do not have to use this to deposit money to your child's account, but it is a great way to view balances and reports.  You'll need your child's PowerSchool number to sign up.  If you do not know that number, feel free to call us at 528-1847 and we'll be happy to help. 
School Payment Solutions
New Return Check Policy
Check out this website for great educational and personal tools! 
My Plate Supertracker 
FFVP Grant Feeds Jere Whitson & Burks
Students at Jere Whitson and Burks will be receiving fresh fruit & veggie snacks daily!  These schools were awarded a USDA grant for the purpose of providing fresh fruits and vegetables to students.   If you have questions about this program, please call or email Karen Dalton (931) 528-1847 or
Learn More
The Learn More link, above, is a list of national organizations that offers resources for increasing physical activity. Check it out !!!!!!
Fresh For Less
Did you know that your Putnam County School student could buy any fresh fruit or vegetable for thirty five cents?  Yes, you heard it correctly, 35 cents!  While very few items in our world can be purchased for a that anymore, Putnam County’s School Food Service Program remains committed to assisting in developing healthy eating patterns.  We all know that fresh fruits and vegetables are expensive at the grocery store and therefore a lot of children in our school district do not have access.  Beginning July 31, 2010 students can pick fresh choices at breakfast and lunch as part of their meal pattern and also purchase extras for 35 cents!   So help us out and encourage your children to eat wisely and spend wisely!
Check out our new links below for free & reduced meal applications, information letters, forms, menus and more!
Free & reduced meal application
Free & reduced Eligibility
Application letter
Letter to parents

Charge Policy 
August Menu p.1  p.2 

September Menu p.1  p.2

A la Carte Menu & prices (Pre-K- 8)
A la Carte Menu & prices (9-12)
Snack List
Diet Prescription Form
Aplicacion para comidas gratis y precio reducido
Elegibilidad gratis y reducido
Carta para aplicacion
Carta para los padres
A la Carta menu y precios (K-8)
A la Carta menu y precios (9-12)
Lista de Meriendas
Nutritional Studies
Benefits of school lunch
Feel good about flavored milk
Lunchables high in salt
Useful Information For
PBS Parents
USDA Food & Nutrition Service
Tennessee Department of Education - School Nutrition
Choose My Plate
Nutrition Resources & Information
Fun Games For
Nurish Interactive
Body & Mind
Kids Health
Monster Nutrition
Fueled for Fun
Fun Food Facts


Fun and healthy recipes you and your children can do together!!!

Petal Pushers

Get your kids to eat more fruit by turning it into vitamin C-packed flowers!

1. Use a 2" scalloped cookie cutter to make petal shapes out of melon.

2. Use a 1 ?" cutter to make petal shapes out of kiwifruit.

3. Stack the kiwi on top of the melon and put a sliced red grape in the center.

 Corn Flowers

It's hard for little kids to handle a whole ear of corn, but eating scraped-off kernels isn't much fun. A sweet solution:

1. Slice a cooked ear horizontally into pieces that are four rows wide. The kernels will look like petals.

2. Push in a lollipop stick for the stem.

Talk about nutritious -- corn creams other veggies in its amount of heart-healthy antioxidant zeaxanthin

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“FEED THE CHILDREN” a student friendly,
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Check out what the Prescott South schools are serving up!!

Local produce from Little Creek Farms enjoyed by Sycamore students
Jace Michell is all smiles with his fresh watermelon!
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is up and running at Burks School
Pictured with fresh bananas are Magdalena Lopez and Ashley Sanitzo.
Happy kids in Baxter Elementary's lunch line!
Front to back: Legend Paige, Sydney Rogers, Abby Shelton and Haley Grace 
Baxter Elementary's manager, Lynette Ellis, shares some food art for her students!
Parkview Elementary showcases a new menu item.  Check out this Chicken Ranch Wrap!  Yummy!
School Nutrition staff members attend TSNA Conference to learn new school nutrition regulations and culinary skills
Back row left to right: Mary Light:Avery Trace Middle School, Barbara Calfee: Cornerstone Middle School, Connie Choate: Algood Elementary School, Eleisha Burton: Jere Whitson Elemetary School.  Front row left to right:  Sandra Carter: Algood Middle School, Judy Maynard: Parkview Elementary School, Lisa Brewington: Capshaw Elementary School, Belinda Wynne: Central Office purchasing clerk, Donna Shanahan: Cookeville High School, Shirley Barbosa: Field Manager.
Manager Mary Light and employee Llamor Peat from Avery Trace show off culinary skills with students Eli Apple, Eva Maffett and Maggie Collins (pictured left to right)  Fruit and vegetables artwork done by Field Manager Shirley Barbosa.
These ladies love their job!  They each had perfect attendance for the 2012/2013 school year.
Pictured left to right: Donna Sanders, Debi Palmer, Barbara Calfee (16 years in a row!!!), Geneva Clemons, Teresa Bryant, Jennifer Haggard, Rebecca Morgan, Alicia Bryant.  Not pictured due to summer feeding program is Donna Shanahan.
Northeast Elementary gets a perfect score from the health department during summer feeding!  Way to go!
Upperman High makes history!!
The cafeteria at Upperman High received a perfect score from the health department on April 9, 2013.  We've always been proud of our high scores, but for the first time ever, one of our schools scored a perfect 100!!!  Way to go Upperman!!!

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If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at
Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”
PUTNAM COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM 1400 E. Spring Street; Cookeville, TN 38506; 931-526-9777
PUTNAM COUNTY SCHOOLS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability in admission to or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. The system will be in compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1994, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Any person having inquiries concerning the system's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title IX, or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is directed to contact the Putnam County Schools compliance officer by calling 931-526-9777.