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Back to School 2021: School nutrition in Gwinnett schools for 2021-2022

July 19, 2021

     Gwinnett County Public Schools’ (GCPS) award-winning school nutrition program provides tasty, nutritious meals to students at an economical price. GCPS cafeterias serve many of the brands families use at home including Tyson, General Mills, Kellogg’s, and Land O’ Lakes to name a few. In addition, students are served a variety of fruits and vegetables through Gwinnett’s Farm to School program which has been in place since the 2010-11 school year.

     This year all GCPS students, including those taking classes virtually, will have access to breakfast and lunch at no charge. In all, 135 school cafeterias will offer breakfast and lunch daily. Details on meal availability for virtual students will be provided by the local school.

     While meals will be provided at no charge for all students this school year, families whose students would be eligible for meal support in a typical year should complete the free/reduced-price meal application as soon as possible. Confirmed eligibility for free/reduced-price meals ensures access to many benefits beyond school meals (free SAT/ACT, free college applications, free/reduced internet, additional technology for schools, training/resources for parents to use at home, etc.)

     Students and parents can browse menus using an app—search for “Nutrislice” on Google Play or the App Store—or they can find menus online at GCPS will start the year with a number of student favorites on the menu including crispy chicken sandwiches, 100% all beef burgers and hot dogs and a variety of delicious pizza items. In addition, the district’s Vegetarian Line has been revamped and a vegetarian item will be offered every day at elementary, middle, and high schools.

What’s new on the menu for the 2021-22 school year?

  • Asian Bowls with Yakisoba noodles
  • Thai dumplings filled with chicken and veggies
  • MorningStar Farms Vegetarian Buffalo Wings
  • Yogurt Bowls with spiced vanilla yogurt, fruit puree and fun toppings
  • Spicy Bean Dip served with tortilla chips


2020-2021 Program Accomplishments:

  •   Average health inspection score of 99.1
  • Served 18,162,460 student meals
    • 958,264 via Bus Distribution
    • 3,266,874 via Curbside Distribution
    • 13,937,322 via In-Person Learning


2020-2021 Farm to School Highlights:

  • 5.9 million servings of regionally grown produce
  • 670,000 million servings of Georgia Grown produce

Follow GCPS’ school nutrition program on Instagram @cafegwinnett or on Facebook at Gwinnett County School Nutrition Program.

Please contact Communication and Media Relations for a zip file of photos of some of the new menu items.