School Nutrition

Dr. Debra Morris

Dr. Debra Morris

706-367-3515, ext 17103

Dr. Debra Morris was named JCSS’s director of nutrition in 2012 with the retirement of the longtime director. She came to Jackson County as assistant principal at Gordon Street Center Regional Evening School and Day Alternative School, then served as principal at Kings Bridge Middle School. She previously taught Family and Consumer Sciences at Clarke County Schools for 11 years; during that time, she was named Teacher of the Year at Clarke Central and Georgia ProStart Teacher of the Year. Her undergraduate degree is in home economics, and she earned her master’s degree and doctorate degree from the University of Georgia. 

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The Jackson County School System nutrition staff serves thousands of breakfasts and lunches each month during the school year, providing nutritious and appealing foods and beverages to hungry children and busy teachers and support staff. We also are responsible for the Seamless Summer Food Program that provides lunch — free of charge — to every child 18 and under who visits one of more than a dozen locations across Jackson County while school is out.

School meals are planned by our cafeteria managers following federal guidelines. Meals are low in fat and provide one-half of the recommended dietary allowances for calories; protein; and vitamins A and C, iron, and calcium. We want to offer all students healthy meals that help them learn.

Prices and payment

Full-priced breakfast is $ ___; reduced-price breakfast is $ ___.
Full-priced lunch is $ ___; reduced-price breakfast is $ ___.
Adults also may purchase meals. Breakfast is $___; lunch is $___.

To get a school meal in the cafeteria, students can:

  • Pay cash for a meal.
  • Use funds deposited via credit or debit card to an account established through SchoolPay, JCSS’s online vendor for the payment of school fees.
  • Apply for assistance available through the free and reduced-price meal program.
    • Hunger can affect a child’s behavior and ability to learn. Click here for more information to help determine if your child/children qualify for free or reduced-price meal assistance. An application can be completed online or picked up from and returned to any of our buildings.
    • Because all students are assigned a personal identification number — or PIN — to use with their school cafeteria accounts, your child’s privacy will be protected.
    • New enrollments to the program can be accepted at any time.
    • Applications must be renewed by September 30 for students who qualified for the program in the previous school year.
Charge Policy for students and adults

Elementary and middle school students will only be allowed to charge up to five meals. High school students and adults are not allowed to charge any meals.

A charge notice will be sent home with a student each time a meal is charged; if a third notice is sent without outstanding charges being paid, the principal or social worker will be asked to intervene in the collection of the delinquent payments and asses the need for free or reduced-priced meals.

Students will be given an alternative meal if five charges are accumulated without payment. The alternative breakfast meal will consist of toast, a choice of fruit, and a carton of white milk; lunch will consist of a cheese sandwich, a choice of fruit or vegetable, and a carton of white milk; and  à la carte items are not permitted.

Parents may designate that their children can NEVER charge meals, and JCCSS will record those requests in the students’ files.

Parents who apply for free and reduced-price meal assistance are responsible for payment of all school meals and accumulated charges until approval is granted. Federal guidelines allow maximum of 10 days to approve a new application. No child is allowed a free or reduced-price meal without a current, approved application on file. Parents will receive a notification letter of a student’s eligibility showing the effective date. If a notification letter is not received within ten days after application, please call the JCSS school nutrition office at 706-367-5151.

More Information
  • School menus
  • SchoolPay, online payment system
  • Free and reduced-price meal assistance
  • Online application for free and reduced-price meal assistance


Employment Opportunities

JCSS is committed to quality and excellence in our school nutrition program.  Our staff members serve as role models and should be:

  • Responsible, reliable, and productive
  • Lifelong learners
  • Effective communicators
  • Cooperative
  • Involved citizens

If you are interested in applying for a position with the school nutrition program ….

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