Welcome to the Bullock County School System's Child Nutrition Program
Union Springs Elementary School now serves
Breakfast in the Classroom
Studies conclude that students who eat school breakfast increase their math and reading scores as well as improve their speed and memory in cognitive tests. Research also shows that children who eat breakfast at school – closer to class and test-taking time – perform better on standardized tests than those who skip breakfast or eat breakfast at home.
Compared to children who do not eat breakfast or eat breakfast at home, children who eat school breakfast:
are less likely to be overweight,
have improved nutrition,
eat more fruits,
drink more milk,
consume a wider variety of foods.
To learn more about research on the benefits of school breakfast, check out these issue briefs highlighting the links between school breakfast and favorable education and health outcomes:
Offering breakfast free to all students improves the learning environment for all students. Schools that offer breakfast free to all students in the classroom report decreases in discipline, psychological problems, visits to school nurses and tardiness; increases in student attentiveness and attendance; and generally improved learning environments.
Bullock County Receives
Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program Grant
Program Description: The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) provides children in participating elementary schools with a variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables. This is a competitive grant that must be applied for annually. The level of funds provided to any one school depends on the school's enrollment and the available funding provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Purpose: The purpose of the program is to expand and increase the variety and amount of fruits and vegetables children experience and consume. Combined with nutrition education and a reinforcement of healthful eating habits, the program emphasizes the long-term goals of positively influencing children's life-long eating habits and combating childhood obesity.
Child Nutrition Programs raising the standards and
taking a stance against childhood obesity
The Child Nutrition Program offers delicious and nutritious breakfasts and lunches at all of our schools. Proper nutrition is important for academic success.
Our meals meet the new USDA Nutrition Standards, which requires the following:
Fruits offered at both breakfast and lunch
A wider variety of vegetables, including dark green and red/orange vegetables and peas and beans
More whole grains
Fat-free and 1% milk choices
Age-appropriate calorie limits
Want to know more about the changes in our schools' cafeterias, check out the video message below from First Lady Michelle Obama
“The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at email@example.com. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”