Coffee County Schools vision is to create a stronger community through providing an equitable and excellent education for every student. The school’s nutrition department works to support our overall vision by providing delicious and nutritious meals that contribute to a positive and healthy learning environment. They strive to provide new experiences for students by serving meals that are aesthetically pleasing and that showcase the diversity of their region.
In 2010, Coffee School Nutrition increased their health and wellness promotions. Many of their School Nutrition Managers work alongside teachers to educate students about nutrition and physical activity through school gardens, recipe demonstrations, nutrition education and student taste tests.
In the 2015-16 school year, Coffee County began to participate in the farm to school program, and the Coffee County School System was recognized with the Golden Radish Award for accomplishments like serving locally grown foods for 178 days of the school year and having a salad bar with local cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and green bell peppers for students to choose from. The Coffee County School system continues to strive for excellence and achieve more in its farm to school program. During the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years, Coffee County School System was recognized as a Bronze-level school. The Golden Radish Award publicly recognizes school districts for all aspects of farm to school, from local food procurement to hosting taste tests and gardening with students. The award is given at Gold, Silver, Bronze and Honorary Levels.
Coffee County School Nutrition and the Family Connection Collaborative partnered with Saving Grace Ministries, South Central Primary Care Center and Beta Sigma Phi to offer a cooking class to fifth-grade girls. Students learned basic cooking and food safety skills, while working with an array of ingredients including fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs. The girls made healthy, nutritious and budget-friendly foods. Fresh fruits and vegetables are served daily. Many of the fruits and vegetables offered are provided by local growers and school gardens.
George Washington Carver Freshman Campus Agriculture Science Teacher Spencer Highsmith and the students in his class work to maintain a school garden that provides fresh vegetables to many schools in Coffee County. School nutrition managers identify the food grown by George Washington Carver Freshman Campus students when served. Highsmith played a pivotal role in elementary schools having school gardens. He is a co-advisor for the Farm Bureau Junior Board of Directors where he works in assisting students complete community service projects of their choice. This year the students decided to build raised bed school gardens. When the project is complete, there will be 16 raised beds in eight elementary schools in Coffee County. The school nutrition department in Coffee County plans to continue providing high-quality nutrition services that integrate education with delicious foods. Coffee County plans to continue building capacity, making new partnerships and ensuring children thrive in healthy learning environments both inside and outside the cafeteria.
Staff members that make this work possible:
Coffee County School Nutrition
Director of School Nutrition
Dr. Mary Vickers, Principal
Ellen Gilliard, Nutrition Manager
Allyson Speight, Principal
Dianne Merritt, Nutrition Manager
Dr. Christina Tucker, Principal
Viola Hamilton, Nutrition Manager
Indian Creek Elementary
Tamara Morgan, Principal
Cheree McEachern, Nutrition Manager
Lee Mobley, Principal
Charlene Adams, Nutrition Manager
Lori Bratcher, Principal
Kay Fletcher, Nutrition Manager
West Green Elementary
Anne Peterson, Principal
Melanie Lott, Nutrition Manager
Wendy Jowers, Principal
Missy Williams, Nutrition Manager
City/County: Douglas, Georgia