Fueling Healthier Minds and Bodies
Berrien County Nutrition Department prides itself on providing nutritious, healthy meals to our students. Our mission is to provide the opportunity of a well-balanced healthy meal today for their excellence tomorrow.
The School Nutrition Program will assist our students in getting the nutrition they need to learn, grow and develop. Menus must adhere to strict guidelines issued by USDA. Each meal planned must provide the required (USDA) number of food components and meet the nutrient standards for the age/grade group served.
Each cafeteria is equipped with a point of sale system for tracking reimbursable meals and payments. All Berrien County students are assigned a student identification/account number. Students are required to learn their meal number to use at POS station.
Previously, all of Berrien County schools offered breakfast and lunch at no charge to all students each day through an option called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), which is available to some schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program (SBP).
Berrien Primary School and Berrien Elementary School will continue to operate under CEP, which means that all students at these two schools will be eligible to eat both breakfast and lunch at no cost.
Due to improved economic conditions, CEP is no longer a viable option for Berrien Middle School and Berrien High School. Berrien Middle School and Berrien High School will continue to offer a healthy breakfast and lunch to students during the school day but will return to the previous system of collecting household applications for households that wish to apply for free or reduced-priced meals for lunch only. Provision 2 breakfast will be in effect so all students will be able to eat breakfast at no cost.
If your child does not qualify for free meals, your child may purchase meals at the reduced price or paid rate, depending on their eligibility status. The lunch meal prices for Berrien Middle School and Berrien High School are as follows:
- Reduced lunch price-$.40
- Paid lunch price-$2.00
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
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.