Johnson City Schools Nutrition Department

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The Johnson City School Nutrition Department provides an important support service to your child's education.  Our goal is to help students meet their nutrition needs on a daily basis so they can be more ready to learn.  To reach this goal, the department:

  • Offers nutritious, attractive, well-prepared and affordable meals every day to all students.
  • Provides experiences which help students develop wise food habits.
  • Operates each cafeteria to ensure total accountability.


  • Karen McGahey
    Supervisor of Food Service
  • Ann Hilliard
    Food Service Secretary
    Phone: (423) 434-5228
    Fax: (423) 218-4966
  • Linda Arnold
    Food Service Accountant
    Phone: (423) 434-5230
    Fax: (423) 218-4966
  • Debbie Workman
    Administrative Manager
    Phone: (423) 434-5229
    Fax: (423) 218-4966

About Us

Menus and Meal Pay Instructions

School Staff:  $1.75 (breakfast) and $3.75 (lunch)
Visitors:  $2.50 (breakfast) and $4.00 (lunch)

Nutrition Information

Meal Assistance Applications

In a household where one or more family member(s) are currently receiving SNAP, FDPIR, or TANF benefits, any/all child(ren) in the household can be automatically eligible for free meals. In July of each year prior to the start of school, parents of previously enrolled children should receive a letter or telephone call informing them of their child(ren)’s direct certification eligibility. It will be important to check to make sure all children in the household are included, and notify the School Nutrition office at 423-434-5228 if they are not.

On the first day of school, each child will be given an application for the Free/Reduced Price Meal Program to bring home. If children are not already pre-approved as noted above, parents are strongly urged to complete and return this form regardless of income. Only one application should be completed for the entire family. Be sure to list all children, even those at other schools. The school cafeteria staff will send the applications to the School Nutrition Office for processing. Letters are sent home to notify households of the status at which the child qualifies – free, reduced or full pay.

Each student attending Johnson City Schools has a computerized meal account in the cafeteria. The students are assigned an account number that is unique to them. The account will be coded appropriately for children who are full pay, reduced price, or free status therefore, the child’s status is confidential.

Note: With free and reduced price meal benefits, a student can only get a complete meal with that benefit. If the student wants only milk or juice, they must pay full price for that ala carte item.  The cafeteria manager can assist parents with ways to fully utilize meal benefits.

Students enrolling mid-year can get a free and reduced price meal application at the school office or access a copy here:

U.S.D.A Regulations and Policies

In accordance with Federal civil rights laws and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race,
color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

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 Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and 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:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.