The Food and Nutrition Services Department operates a full service student cafeteria.
Daily breakfast at school, beginning 30 minutes before the first bell.
Daily lunch at school
The mission of the Food and Nutrition Services Department is to alleviate childhood hunger within the community and increase student success by providing and promoting a nutritionally balanced diet in a warm and friendly environment.
The Food and Nutrition Services Program does not receive General Fund Support; the program operates by balancing the budget through meal sales, a la carte sales, State/Federal reimbursement, and catering.
The school kitchen has a team of highly trained staff with food safety and customer service as its highest priority. These team members receive and prepare food, cashier, and serve meals. The central kitchen, located in the 400 wing commons, is occupied by friendly office personnel to answer all of your questions, process payments, and assist with applications.
The Food and Nutrition Services team work together to develop healthy and appetizing meals for the students, often incorporating ideas gathered from students and parents. Many of the foods are made from scratch using the best ingredients including low-fat proteins, whole grain pastas, fresh fruits and vegetables, locally sourced bread, and hormone-free milk. The menus are analyzed and recipes adjusted to ensure they meet USDA nutrition guidelines for each age group in the areas of calories, sodium, and saturated fat.
Salad bars (which include a vegan protein source) are available daily. A vegetarian entrée, in addition to the salad bar, is also on the menu each day. Choice and variety are important to students, so our menu is planned to provide options. Each day there are 4-6 entrée options available at the high school level. A lunch is made up of 5 basic food components: milk, meat or meat alternate, vegetable, fruit, and grain. Students must select at least 3 of these components for a complete meal (1 of which must be a vegetable or fruit).
We are sensitive to the various nutritional needs of our students. If your child has an allergy to any food, please contact your school nurse.
Purchasing a meal is very easy. Every student is assigned a student ID that is tied to his or her meal account. The account is similar to a checking account, where purchases are deducted from funds applied to the account. Funds can be applied by cash or check paid to the kitchen cashier.
Online credit and debit card payments are also available by clicking the "Pay for Meals" link (myschoolbucks.com). Your child's account balance and purchase statement can be viewed by logging into myschoolbucks.com. If a child’s account goes into the negative, an automated e-mail and/or phone call will be sent to the parent/guardian. These notices take place once a week as a service to the family to ensure that negative charges do not accrue drastically before a parent/guardian is made aware.
Meal Prices for 2023-2024:
Breakfast (Regular Price) - $2.25
Breakfast (Reduced Price) - $0.00
Lunch (Regular Price) - $3.75
Lunch (Reduced Price) - $0.00
The Food and Nutrition Services Program participates in the National School Lunch Program, which is a federally funded program that assists in providing nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free meals to students each day.
One form is needed per family per school district. GCIT is unique in that we are our own school district. If there are other siblings at other school districts, BOTH school districts must receive an application.
The lunch application must be fully completed (be sure to include everyone in your household and all income) and returned to the Food Services office by fax, mail, e-mail, or dropped off at school. The application can be found HERE.
Please watch this 1-minute video with important information about free/reduced application requirements for the 2023-2024 school year.
New families will need to have their applications approved before the subsidy will apply. Until that time, full charges will accrue.
For returning families, new applications must be submitted each school year by September 30th or the subsidy carry-over will expire. Parents/guardians are highly encouraged to fill out the applications as soon as possible to avoid these charges because it will be their responsibility to pay back any fee accrual.
Below are the forms and letters to find out if you qualify for reduced meals and reduced fees. Please take a moment to review all of them.
You are able to submit the application at any time during the current school year.
Please return all completed forms to the cafeteria staff or the main office.