The Sullivan County School Nutrition Department provides a very important support service to your child’s education.  Our main goal is to meet the nutritional needs of students on a daily basis, helping them to be more ready to learn.  To reach this goal, the department:

  • Offers nutritious, attractive, well-prepared meals every day to all students at an affordable price.
  • Provides effective learning experiences which help students develop wise food habits.
  • Operates each cafeteria to ensure total accountability.


Menus are planned to meet the nutritional needs of the average school age child with portions adjusted according to the grade level. Students’ favorite food items are offered as often as possible. Steps taken to meet the U.S.D.A.‘s Dietary Guidelines for Americans Include:

  • Reduced salt
  • Reduced fat and sugar
  • No deep fat frying at the elementary or middle school level
  • Increased fiber (more raw fruits & vegetables and whole grain breads)

QuickBites... Your monthly Nutrition Newsletter

Get quick and helpful nutrition tips and advice in our monthly School Nutrition Newsletter, QuickBites.  click the link to download/view the PDF.

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Online Payments

With you never have to worry about lost lunch money again. is a secure, easy and school_moneyconvenient way to apply funds directly to your student’s lunch account online. You can even check the account balance and keep an eye on what your student is buying! As an added convenience, parents can receive a Low Balance notification email alerting the parent that the student’s account will need another payment applied soon. has been designed to make it easy for you to know exactly what information you need to provide and to guide you through the process.

  • Membership
  • Deposit money with ease using your debit or credit card
  • Flexibility to deposit money into multiple student accounts with one payment
  • View Account Balances
  • View 90 day Meal History
  • Low Balance Notification via email

To learn more visit To register, you simply need your student’s district student ID#. If you do not have this number you may obtain it from your student’s school or by calling the School Nutrition office at 423-354-1032.

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Sullivan County Schools Nutrition Dept. is happy to provide an online resource for our families.  Nutrislice is an online app that will allow our parents and students access to all of our school’s lunch and breakfast menus in a quick and easy fashion.  Click the link below or download the free app.

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Now you can apply on-line for your children to receive free or reduced price school meals. Your application will be sent from our secure web site directly to your school district, so you don’t need to worry about filling out a paper form that could be lost or misplaced.
We have designed to make it easy for you to know exactly what information you need to provide and to guide you through the process. Your school district will determine your eligibility and send you a letter with the results. is an easy, secure and convenient way to apply for free or reduced lunch.


  • Reduced Price – $.30
  • Visitor Price – $2.85
  • CEP Schools – no charge
  • Offered daily in all schools

High School Lunch

  • Reduced Price – $.40
  • Visitor Price – $4.25
  • CEP Schools- no charge
  • Ala Carte items available
Student Meal Program

Each student attending Sullivan County Schools has a meal account in the cafeteria computerized program. The students are assigned an account number that is unique to them. The account will be coded appropriately for children who are full pay, reduced, or free status. This system allows parents to place any amount of money they desire on their child’s account. Thus embarrassing situations are prevented, such as forgetting lunch money or losing lunch money. This account can be used to purchase breakfast, lunch or a-la-carte items.

Parents are strongly encouraged to keep money on their child’s account.

Free/Reduced Meal Program Non-CEP Schools

On the first day of school, each child will be given an application for the Free/Reduced Price Meal Program to bring home. Parents are strongly urged to complete and return this form regardless of income. In a household where one or more family member(s) are currently receiving SNAP, FDPIR, or TANF benefits, any/all child(ren) in the household will be automatically categorically eligible for free meals. You should receive a letter informing you of your child(ren)’s direct certification eligibility. It will be important to check the certification letter to make sure all children in your household are included, and notify School Nutrition if they are not.

Foster children will be eligible for free meals regardless of the income of the households with whom they reside. Households with foster and non-foster children may choose to include the foster child(ren) as a household member, as well as any personal income earned by the foster child(ren), on the same household application that includes their non-foster children. This may help the foster family’s non-foster children qualify for free or reduced price meals based on household size and income. The presence of a foster child in the household does not convey eligibility for free meals in the household in the same manner as SNAP, TANF, and FDPIR participation does.

Only one application should be completed for the entire family. Be sure to list all children, even those at other schools. The school office staff will send the applications to the School Nutrition Office for processing. You will receive a letter telling you the status at which your child qualifies – free, reduced or full pay.

Only a complete meal may be “sold” to a student who qualifies for free at no charge. If the student wants to receive milk or parts of a meal to eat with a lunch they have brought from home, those extra items must be paid for with cash.

School Meal Charge Procedure

Recognizing there may be instances of lost or forgotten money or other complications preventing students from having money to pay for their meal, Sullivan County has a 3-tiered system to allow for limited meal charges.

Elementary students will be allowed to charge an amount up to $16.20. Middle school students will be allowed to charge an amount up to $8.60. There will be no charges allowed at the high school level.

Once a child has reached the charge limit, and does not have money to pay for a meal, School Nutrition will offer that student an alternate meal. For breakfast, an alternate meal will consist of oatmeal and white, lowfat milk. For lunch, an alternate meal will consist of a cheese sandwich and white, lowfat milk. There will be no charge to the student for this alternate meal. The student will resume receiving regular meal offerings once any or all charges are paid and/or they have money to pay for a meal.

Return Check Policy

The Sullivan County Board of Education has entered into an agreement with Payliance Inc. for the collection of all returned checks issued to all Cafeteria locations. The Board requires that you make sure the following information is written on all checks:

  • Full Name
  • Street Address
  • Home Phone Number

If your check is returned by your bank, it will automatically be forwarded by the Sullivan County Board of Education’s bank directly to Payliance after the first presentation.

Check Payment Terms: In consideration of merchant accepting customer’s payment by check, and other good and valuable consideration, Customer agrees that if any check is returned unpaid for any reason, customer expressly authorizes merchant or it’s processing agent or assignee to electronically collect or create a demand draft to collect the face amount of the check, and a $39 return check service fee as well as any applicable bank fees and sales tax. Customer’s payment by check is customer’s express acceptance of the terms and shall serve as customer’s authorization for the electronic collection and/or demand draft on customer’s account.


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Sullivan County Department of Education
154 Blountville Bypass
P.O. Box 306
Blountville, TN 37617
Phone:  423-354-1000
Fax:  423-354-1004