Starting August 12, Gwinnett County Public Schools’ (GCPS) award-winning school nutrition program, Café Gwinnett, will begin offering healthy and nutritious breakfast and lunch meals for curbside pick-up at a total of 132 schools.
“While the location and method of meal service may have changed, families can expect the same high-quality meals, national brands, kid favorites, and locally sourced fresh produce,” says Karen Hallford, director for the district’s School Nutrition Program.
Local schools will share serving times and pick-up locations with families, with the option to pick up meals at any school in their cluster. Families can find menus online on the Nutrislice app, along with descriptions, photos, and nutrition information. Students enrolled in a Title I school will receive breakfast each day at no charge through the Universal Breakfast Program.
Meals will be charged based on a student’s eligibility under the federal Free and Reduced-Price Meal program— free, reduced price, or full pay. During the spring and summer, our meal program operated under waivers and flexibility provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Department of Education. However, federal officials are not offering the option to provide free meals for all students for the fall. Find 2020-21 meal prices online.
For contact-free transactions, families are encouraged to load funds to their student’s account through MyPaymentsPlus. However, families may pay cash if they choose. Families will not be able to charge meals or receive an alternate meal without a method of payment.
Café Gwinnett reminds families that the Free- and Reduced-Priced Meal Application must be filled out each school year, even if they applied in the spring or early summer. Note that those eligible for free- and reduced-priced meals may be able to access other types of public assistance or services that may be available during this pandemic.
2020-2021 School Meal Prices (No change from the previous year)
Additional Information about our Cafeterias
Regarding cafeteria service… a number of factors, including students’ ages, cafeteria size, and staffing, will influence the plan implemented at each school. While students will go to the cafeteria to pick up their meals, in most cases they will eat in their classrooms. The following practices will be implemented across the district:
- Middle and high school students will select and bag all their meal items. Elementary school students will either select and bag their own items, or the entrée will be bagged by the cafeteria staff and the student will select and bag all the other items.
- Students will continue to have food choices, but they will be limited. All food items will be wrapped, packaged, or cupped.
- Students will pick up breakfast or lunch and return to the classroom or other specified area(s).
- All food waste/trash from meals eaten in classrooms will be placed in heavy-duty trash bags that will be placed in the hallway after each meal.
- Cafeteria keypads have been replaced with a barcode scanning system to allow contactless payment.
Follow GCPS’ school nutrition program on Instagram @cafegwinnett or on Facebook at Gwinnett County School Nutrition Program.