*** IMPORTANT UPDATE! *** Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the USDA has extended free meal waivers for all students through May 2021. Meals are free for all RCSD students. Students may use their account funds to purchase extra food items in addition to their free meal. Any remaining account balance will carry over to August 2021.
The Rankin County School District Child Nutrition program is a federally funded organization and includes the National School Breakfast Program (NSBP) as well as the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). These two programs, NSBP and NSLP, are implemented in public, nonprofit private schools, and residential child care institutions. The programs provide nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children every school day. They were established under the National School Lunch Act that was signed by President Harry Truman in 1946.
The RCSD Child Nutrition Department consists of 25 cafeterias in the Rankin County School District. The department employs approximately 200 employees who are responsible for preparing and serving meals at these sites.
The Child Nutrition Program is federally funded and abides by state and federal regulations which include:
- Items that can be prepared
- Items that can be sold as extra sales
- The number of calories allowed for meals by following standardized recipes
Every meal served must meet USDA requirements. This allows for reimbursement of free, reduced and full paying priced meals. The status of each child is strictly confidential.
The program serves teachers and staff, as well as visiting parents, who would like a meal.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law 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: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.