The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) is honoring the Vidalia City Schools Nutrition Program for reaching a high level of student lunch participation in the School Nutrition Program. Daily lunch participation for the Vidalia City Schools Nutrition Program during the 2010-2011 school year was an average of 87%. Statewide, 75.1 percent of students in attendance in Georgia schools ate lunch each day and 34.9 percent ate breakfast at school. This participation is among the highest in the nation. Schools that earned this distinction generally share two common characteristics: (1) administrators, faculty, and staff who support and participate in the program and who see the program as enhancing the learning process; and (2) many of these schools offer a wide variety of menu choices daily, allowing students a greater opportunity to select a nutritionally complete meal that they enjoy.
All four of the Vidalia City Schools Nutrition Programs were awarded a certificate of accomplishment from GaDOE to acknowledge their school’s success in achieving a high lunch participation rate. This recognition is a way to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the School Nutrition staff, who continue to be motivated to work diligently in achieving the goals of serving more students nutritious meals.
The Vidalia City Schools Nutrition Programs were selected for high participation based on the following percentages of student lunch participation:
Elementary School – Recognition Level for Lunch – 86%; State Average Participation – 82%
Middle School – Recognition Level for Lunch – 89%; State Average participation – 81%
High School – Recognition Level for Lunch – 72%; State Average participation – 63%