New School Year: Food and Nutrition Information

Cobb Schools Food and Nutrition Information

Lunch is served! In fact, Cobb Schools serves more than 63,000 lunches daily, and here’s the scoop on how your student can get one. 

On the first day of school, August 1, Cobb’s school nutrition team members will be ready to fuel student success using fresh and local produce.

What’s on the menu? 

Check out the breakfast and lunch menus for the first semester here. Menus are subject to substitutions based on availability, but the intent is to serve the posted menu daily at every school. When changes are necessary, the school nutrition team members will attempt to substitute the scheduled menu item with another that is as similar as possible. 

Every day students will be able to choose from the following:

  • 4 Entrée options
  • At least 2 Milk options 
  • 3 Fruit side options
  • 2 Vegetable side options

Do you want to know what snacks your elementary student will eat during the After School Program (ASP)? There’s a menu for ASP too. Check it out.

What’s the cost? 

School meals are a great value and a huge convenience for busy families.    


Many schools have great a la carte items, not reflected in the meal prices above. Items offered include bottled water, 100% juice, baked snack items, ice cream, and protein-rich snacks.  

How to Pay for Meals:

To save time when coming through the serving line, you can add funds to your cafeteria account with a major credit card at MyPaymentsPlus.com or via the MyPaymentsPlus IOS or Android app.

Parents can also add funds to their student’s account using cash or check. 

For more details, visit the Food and Nutrition Services webpage. 

How to Apply for Free or Reduced-Price Meal Benefits:

•    Families eligible for free or reduced-price meals must complete an application to receive them – all other students must pay full price for their meals.

•    Food and Nutrition Services strongly encourages all families who believe they may be eligible for meal benefits to apply before the start of the school year.  

•    Families must pay for school meals until their application is processed and approved. 

•    The Online Family Meal Application can be found on the Food and Nutrition Services webpage.  

•    Families that apply and are eligible could receive free breakfast and lunch or at a reduced price, depending on the current federal eligibility guidelines.

•    Eligible families can also use their notification letter as proof of eligibility in the meal program for discounts on testing, services, camps, and various application fees.

Does Cobb have a Charge Policy?

Cobb County school administration has adopted a limited charge policy. If a student arrives at school without money, they are allowed up to $10.00 in charges at elementary school and $7.50 at middle school. Charges are not allowed for a la carte, adults, or in high school. For students that have reached the charge limit, an alternate meal (such as a peanut butter sandwich and milk or a cheese sandwich and milk) will be provided. No alternate meal will be provided at breakfast. 

If you think you may qualify for free or reduced-price meals, please complete the Online Family Meal Application as soon as possible. The application can be found here.

Do You Have a Student with Allergy and Special Nutrition Needs?

In accordance with USDA regulations, School Food Authorities (SFAs) must ensure children with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP). SFAs are to make reasonable modifications to accommodate children with disabilities. This includes providing special meals, at no extra charge, to children with a disability that restricts their diet. Learn more here.

Does the Food and Nutrition Team Help with Classroom Celebrations?

Yes! Host a celebration in your student’s classroom without the hassle. Contact your school’s café manager to discuss how the Food and Nutrition Services team can serve your birthday, classroom parties, or holiday needs. Learn more here

More Food and Nutrition Facts for Families:

  • Cobb Schools Food and Nutrition Services has an average health inspection score of 99%.
  • Cobb County students can find healthy choices in their cafeterias every school day made with name-brand products that you use at home.
  • School meals meet federal nutrition standards ensuring students can choose from fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat or fat-free milk. Meals also meet limits on calories, trans-fat, and sodium. The FNS team works hard to make these nutritious choices delicious and appealing to Cobb students.
  • Cobb’s school nutrition team is committed to ensuring students have access to healthy meals each school day.  

More Questions?

  • Email the Cobb Schools Food and Nutrition team: Meals@cobbk12.org
  • Call 770-426-3380. 

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