Food Services

Your Community Food Services Program

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DoDEA Americas  Schools participate in the federally assisted U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National School Lunch and National School Breakfast programs, School meals meet a variety of important nutrition goals and provide nutritionally balanced meals to children each school day.

Daily breakfast and lunch prices are listed in the sections below.  Please click on the "Accounts and Payment" tab above for information about prepaying for meals, policy on charging meals and returned checks, and free or reduced price meals.

Meal Prices Full Price Reduced Price
Student Breakfast $1.50 $0.30
Staff & Visiting Adult Breakfast $1.75  
Student Lunch $2.70 $0.40
Staff Lunch $3.75  
Visiting Adult Lunch $4.00  
Milk Only $0.50  

Burger King, McDonalds, Coke and other commercial fast foods and sodas are NOT allowed in the cafeteria/lunch room.

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

Fort-Benning Schools

Cathy Holmes

School Meals Program
Food Service Director

Phone: 706-545-8266

Southeast District

Marie Patti

School Meals Program
District Food Service Director

Phone: 706-545-8264

DoDEA Schools operate under USDA guidelines and are nationally registered "Team Nutrition" Schools. A central menu is published every month and is available here and from your child's school.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

For all other FNS nutrition assistance programs, State or local agencies, and their subrecipients, must post the following Nondiscrimination Statement:

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), 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.

Food Service Accounts and Payment

The Child Nutrition Program is operated on a prepay computerized accounting system. There should not be any student borrowing. Parents/guardians are responsible for keeping accounts current.

If the balance reaches $5.00 an attempt to contact the sponsor will be made by telephone. If the sponsor cannot be contacted after three attempts, a letter will be mailed requesting that the outstanding charges be paid. If the balance is not paid within five (5) working days, the assistance of the community superintendent and the sponsor's military commander may be sought.

You may call for an account balance at any time.

Money may be sent with the student in an envelope with the student's name and teacher, or parents may come to the cafeteria to make payments. Please do NOT come to make a payment during serving hours.

  • Parents/guardians making payments for more than one student in the family should indicate the names of the students and teachers.
  • Make checks payable to "Dependents School Lunch Fund."
  • Personal checks submitted for payment that have insufficient funds will be sent to MWR for collection. (Checks can be redeemed at Building 2783. Telephone numbers are 706-545-6264 or 706-545-2448.)

Lunch Prepay Program - Web Prepayment system for school meals is a secure, easy and convenient way to apply funds directly to your student's 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.

Lunch Prepay Facts.

  • Allows parents to track what their children are purchasing in the school cafeteria.  Website provides access to a 45-day history of what students are buying for breakfast and lunch.
  • Parents receive premium membership on a secure site to prepay for school meals, track history of food purchases, and have the assurance of knowing lunch money they send from home actually makes it to school.
  • If a child's account becomes low on funds parents receive low balance alerts by e-mail.
  • Using removes the stress that comes with making sure children have money for lunch and ensures they are making good nutritional choices.
  • Parents need the students ID number to enroll a student in (not the 3-4 digit lunch room pin number) Contact the Child Nutrition Department at your location to obtain your students ID number.
  • There is a 5% charge, when a parent adds money to their student's account. (Example, if a parent adds $20. on their students account, after that 5% fee is added the total cost would be $21 for that transaction).

Free and Reduced Meals Program

Families who apply and are qualified receive free or reduced price meals.

  • Please notify the Child Nutrition Program if you have a child beginning school this year whose sibling was in the Free/Reduced Lunch Program last year.
  • Free/Reduced Lunch Applications for those children who were in the system last year must be renewed each year within the first thirty (30) calendar days of the school year. 
  • Parents only need to fill out one form per household, even if you have children in more than one school.